Do you love to crunch into the flesh of a British apple in the autumn? This season is a feast of riches when it comes to fresh produce, with the last of summer fruits and plenty of root vegetables coming into season. All those red and russet tones leaves mean the start of comforting dishes featuring new seasonal produce and earthy autumnal flavours, perfect to devour on a chilly evening around the fire.
There is a wonderfully simple joy in the first taste of a new seasonal fruit that we haven’t tasted for for many months. 50 years ago, we had to eat within season as we didn’t have a choice, but didn’t that make eating the first strawberries of summer an even more special experience? We can bring back this appreciation for ingredients by respecting their place within the calendar.
Eating seasonally is at the heart of our ethos and it shines through in our ever-changing menus. There are so many benefits to eating seasonal produce. Not only does food taste at its best when it is in season, but it is also much better for the environment. If you focus on picking up seasonal, British grown produce on your weekly shop – you can avoid unnecessary food miles. As consumers, we have the power to create change by adapting our buying habits – and avoiding the needless importation of food to fill off-season demand.
The cherry on the cake? Food that is in season will almost certainly cost less, meaning more bang for your buck as well.
Below are a selection of our favourite ingredients this season.