What Is Seasonal Eating?
Eating seasonally means eating foods that are naturally in harvest at that time of year, and eating locally means eating food that can be grown in the UK.
Seasonal eating encourages you to focus on in-season fruits and vegetables. The focus of the diet is on fruits and vegetables because their growth depends on season-specific weather. “In-season” can mean different things for different regions and countries.
Eating seasonally helps promote nutritious meals and supports a healthy environment. For example, strawberries grown in the summertime (their natural season) are more nutritious and flavorful than strawberries grown in the wintertime.
Health Benefits of Seasonal Eating
Instead of eating the same small group of fruits and vegetables year-round, seasonal eating encourages a varied diet. Branching out from your favourite kinds of fresh produce will give you important vitamins and minerals that you might not usually get.
Produce that is purchased in season is more likely to be fresher, consumed closer to harvesting and higher in nutritional value, some anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, folate and carotenes will rapidly decline when stored for periods of time.
What's in season in the UK in November?
We are fortunate to live in a country with four distinct seasons and the variety of fruits and vegetables that this provides. It makes for the richest, most delicious and healthy diet…we just need to make a conscious effort to discover it!
In November the best in-season foods are
apples, artichoke, beetroot, butternut squash, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chestnuts, chicory, cob nuts, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, pears, potatoes, pumpkin, quince, rosemary, sage, salsify, shallots, swede, turnips, watercress, wild mushrooms