Eating seasonally is when you choose fruits and vegetables that are naturally in abundance at a particular time of year. Consumer demand and the supermarkets desire to provide an endless supply mean many of us have forgotten that fruit and vegetables have seasons.
Remember when you could only get strawberries in summer? Satsumas in time for Christmas? Remember how good they were? Let’s face it strawberries in February are tasteless. That’s because the strawberries you buy out of season are grown overseas leaving a huge carbon footprint, loosing flavour and vitamins on the way.
Here are my 7 reasons to start eating seasonally
There is a growing trend to get back to a simpler way of eating locally when possible and with less packaging – let’s enjoy food the way nature intended. You could even try growing your own! If you haven’t a garden space, try growing plants in pots or check out if you can get your hands on an allotment locally.
Apples, Kale, Beetroot, Leeks, Cabbage Mushrooms Carrots, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Squash, Swedes. Jerusalem Artichokes.
Asparagus, Artichoke, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Chicory, Cucumber, Leeks, Parsnip, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Watercress, New Potatoes, Rocket, Spinach.
Artichoke, Asparagus, Aubergine, Beetroot, Blackcurrants, Broccoli, Broad Beans, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chicory, Chillies, Courgettes, Cucumber Elderflowers, Lettuce, Marrow, New Potatoes, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Raspberries Rhubarb, Runner Beans Rocket, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Strawberries, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Watercress.
Aubergine, Beetroot, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chicory, Chillies, Courgettes, Cucumber, Damsons, Gooseberries, Fennel, French Beans, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Loganberries, Mangetout, Marrow, Mushrooms New Potatoes, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Plums, Radishes, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Rhubarb, Rocket, Runner Beans, Samphire, Sorrel, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Strawberries, Summer Squash, Sweetcorn Swish Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress.
Aubergine, Apples, Beetroot, Blackberries, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chestnuts, Courgettes, Chicory, Chillies, Courgette Cucumber, Elderberries, Damsons, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mangetout, Marrow, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Rocket, Runner Beans, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Strawberries, Summer Squash, Sweetcorn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Wild Mushrooms, Winter Squash.
Apples, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chestnuts, Chicory, Cranberries, Elderberries, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Swede, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Watercress, Wild Mushrooms, Winter Squash.
Simple asparagus and watercress brunch. (Serves 2)
10 trimmed asparagus spears
2 handfuls of watercress
A sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
Bring a pan of water to the boil and poach the eggs. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon
Meanwhile pop the asparagus spears into boiling water and cook for 3 mins.
Place a handful of watercress onto each plate and stack the asparagus and eggs on top.
Add salt and pepper and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.
Healthy berry crumble
Who doesn’t like a comforting crumble? my version is much lower is sugar than regular crumble so you can enjoy without the guilt.
You will need:
Mixed berries I find frozen berries work best I use blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
1 or 2 apples
Ground cinnamon (optional)
For the topping:
2/3 pack Cold butter
2 cups ground almonds
1 1/2 cups Coconut flour or whole oats or a mixture of the three
2 tablespoons of xylitol
Vary the amount of topping in accordance to the amount of fruit, you want to totally cover the fruit with about 2 centimetres of topping.
Fill a suitable oven dish with the berries and the apples cut into slices
Drizzle over about 2-3 teaspoons of honey and sprinkle over cinnamon if desired. Set aside while you make the crumble.
Put the dry ingredients (almonds, oats and coconut flour) into a large mixing bowl. Make sure the butter is straight from the fridge, cut the butter into cubes and using your hands ‘massage’ a cube at a time into the dry mix until it starts to resemble bread crumbs. Add in the coconut sugar and scatter the mixture over the berries, make sure you don’t leave any gaps. Bake in the oven for approx. 40minutes.
A fantastic winter warmer! And so easy to make.
You will need:
2lb/1 kg pumpkin (any), chopped into large chunks (remove skin and seeds)
2 medium onions, sliced
2 cloves of garlic
750ml vegetable stock (I use Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon Powder)
250ml oat milk
Salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients (except salt and pepper) in a saucepan and bring to boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until pumpkin is tender.
Remove from heat and blend until smooth.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and a few roasted seeds if you have them.
Winter cabbage with chestnuts. This makes a great side dish.
You will need
1 pound of fresh chestnuts in shells
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1/2 a cabbage of choice red savoy or white all work well, cored, thinly sliced
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons sugar or xylitol.
Preheat oven to 200ºC. Using a small knife, cut a slit into each chestnut. Roast for about 35 minutes letting them cool down before peeling.
Heat oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Add the onion; lightly fry until soft for about 5 minutes. Add the cabbage, vinegar, water and sugar.
Cover. Cook until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes. Add the chestnuts and warm through. Season with salt and pepper.