We all know that we should be trying to eat more ‘seasonally’; food in season is often fresher, tastier and more nutritious than food consumed out of season (which has to shipped thousands of miles, too).
But how easy is it to do?
To simplify it a bit, these monthly blog posts share a list of what’s in season each month – and some local restaurants / cafes who are putting seasonal specials on the menu, right now.
So what’s in season this month?
On the fruit front, look out for UK apples, figs, pears, plums, and the last of the year’s tomatoes.
Veg-wise, Pumpkins obviously steal the show in October, but there is lots to choose from at this time of year, including: artichokes, beetroot, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, celery, celeriac, the last of the courgettes and fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, the last of the peas and peppers, potatoes, shallots, sweetcorn, swedes and turnips.
And when it comes to meat and fish, look out for duck, goose, end of season lamb, rabbit, and venison; haddock, mackerel, mussels, pollock and scallops.
Seasonal Eats to Track down this October
If you’re the type of person who prefers to let someone else take care of the cooking (and the washing up), these super seasonal, pumpkin-based dishes from local restaurants are worth tracking down.
Bar 44’s Spiced Pumpkin with Manchego Crumble
Wedges of confit Crown Prince pumpkin, finished with mojo verde and cured manchego sourdough crumble. Oh mama!
The Coconut Tree’s ‘Fat Sister’ Pumpkin Curry
This one’s on the menu all year round but is particularly in season now; a mild and creamy vegan curry perfect for the cooler weather. You can even have a go at making this at home – the recipe is available here.
Dusty’s Pumpkin & Hazelnut Pizza
These guys are always good at busting out a seasonal special or two; this is their roasted pumpkin pizza with creamy burrata, hazelnut and garlic.
Picking your own pumpkin?
If you fancy getting an extra pumpkin fix, check out where to go pumpkin picking in and around Cardiff, and take a look at my easy recipes for using up your pumpkin guts after you’ve carved your Halloween lantern. Happy autumn!