SEAONAL DECEMBER: WHAT TO EAT THIS MONTH

Seasonal December Food

I absolutely love December for food; who doesn’t? It’s an excuse to go all out on proper, hearty, home-comforts; and there are loads of good reasons to eat more locally & seasonally this festive season, too.

It’s more sustainable, as it reduces the energy needed in the growing and the carbon emissions needed in transport. It also supports UK producers – keeping money in our local economies and with local businesses at Christmas time; instead of lining the pockets of the big supermarkets who have created uncertain conditions for farmers who never know how much of a crop will be bought, or whether it will be rejected altogether. 

You can help support the local farming community by shopping at one of Cardiff’s many farmer’s markets or by signing up to one of Cardiff’s local veg box schemes.

SO WHAT’S IN SEASON THIS MONTH?

On the veg front, look out for beetroot, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, potatoes (maincrop), salsify, shallots, swede, truffles (not the chocolate kind!), turnips, and wild mushrooms.

For fruit and nuts, this month is all about apples, cranberries, pears, almonds, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts.

When it comes to meat; duck, goose, guinea fowl, hare, mallard, rabbit, turkey, and venison are all in season. With poultry, try to look for those raised on a soy-free diet to avoid links to overseas deforestation (more detail on that here).

For fish, look for sustainably fished clams, coley, dab, dover sole, gurnard, haddock, halibut, hake, langoustine, lemon sole, mackerel, mussels, oysters, sea bass (wild), sea bream, and winkles.

Source: www.eattheseasons.co.uk.

SEASONAL EATS TO TRY THIS DECEMBER

If you’re the type of person who prefers to let someone else take care of the cooking (and the washing up), take a look at this guide to choosing a producer-led restaurant – and how they are helping diners understand the effort that goes into the food we eat.

If you’re planning on rustling up some seasonal eats at home, here are some ideas:

Finally, I also shared a simple recipe for roasted winter root veg with orange vinaigrette & roasted hazelnuts over on Instagram – it’s definitely worth a go:

Supermarkets need to get fair about farming

Almost half (49%) of British fruit and veg farmers fear they’ll go out of business within the next year – and 75% of those report that supermarket behaviour is a leading factor. To find out more, watch the video below and visits getfairaboutfarming.co.uk.

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