Seasonal food calendar: What fruit and veg is in season now?

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  • Seasonal food is not only great on our plates but it’s good for the planet too. Knowing which fruit or veg is in season now could save you money, plus eating seasonal food will make your meals taste better too.

    When foods are in season, there’s more of it, which means lots of supermarkets will have deals and offers on surplus organic food. Bulk-buy fruit and veg when it’s in season and freeze food before it becomes more expensive in later months. For example, when tomatoes are in season, make a batch of herby tomato pasta sauce and freeze in containers for pastas and soups.

    Eating seasonal vegetables or fruit grown in the UK is also good for the environment. Instead of eating produce flown in from around the world, we can eat seasonal food grown in the UK that has a much lower carbon footprint – which is more sustainable.

    So, if you’re wondering when you can start strawberry picking or when lamb is at its best, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look below to see what fruit and vegetables are in season each month and browse some of the recipes you could make with them too…

    January seasonal food

    Chicken livers, pomegranates and spinach on toast.

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    Oranges and lemons are coming into season in January, as are root veg like parsnips and swedes. Salmon also makes its seasonal debut at the start of the year.

    Fruits in season in January

    • Apples (Bramley)
    • Clementines
    • Kiwi fruit (in season from mid-Jan)
    • Lemons (coming into season)
    • Oranges (coming into season)
    • Passion fruit
    • Pears
    • Pomegranate

    Vegetables in season in January

    • Beetroot (end of season)
    • Brussel sprouts
    • Cauliflower
    • Celery (end of season)
    • Celeriac
    • Kale
    • Leeks
    • Mushrooms (wild)
    • Parsnips
    • Potatoes (main crop)
    • Rhubarb (coming into season)
    • Shallots
    • Swedes
    • Turnips

    Meat

    • Duck (end of season)
    • Goose (end of season)
    • Rabbit (available, but at its best Jul-Dec)
    • Turkey
    • Venison

    Fish and seafood

    • Haddock
    • Mussels
    • Oysters
    • Salmon (coming into season)

    Our favourite seasonal January recipes

    February seasonal food

    A warming borlotti bean, kale and potato soup.

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    Only the hardiest of veggies are around in February – the only newcomer is purple sprouting broccoli – but there’s lots of lovely seafood in season. Keep the winter blues away with hearty recipes made with February’s seasonal foods.

    Fruits in season in February

    • Apples (Bramley) (end of season)
    • Clementines (end of season)
    • Kiwi fruit
    • Lemons
    • Oranges
    • Passion fruit
    • Pears (end of season)
    • Pomegranates

    Vegetables in season in February

    • Brussel sprouts (end of season)
    • Cauliflower
    • Celeriac
    • Kale (end of season)
    • Leeks
    • Mushrooms (wild) (end of season)
    • Parsnips (end of season)
    • Potatoes (main crop) (end of season)
    • Purple sprouting broccoli (coming into season)
    • Rhubarb
    • Shallots
    • Swedes (end of season)
    • Turnips (end of season)

    Meat

    • Rabbit (available but at its best Jul-Dec)
    • Turkey (end of season)
    • Venison (end of season)

    Fish and seafood

    • Haddock (end of season)
    • Mussels (end of season)
    • Oysters
    • Salmon

    Our favourite seasonal February recipes

    March seasonal food

    Salmon is in season in March, shown here in a pan covered with red chillis and parsley.

    Pan fried salmon with red chillies and parsley

    In March, the weather (hopefully) warms up, getting you in the mood for lighter dishes with spinach, spring onions and watercress coming into season. Enjoy the last of the mussels and oysters.

    Fruits in season in March

    • Kiwi fruit
    • Lemons (end of main season)
    • Oranges (end of main season)
    • Passion fruit (end of season)
    • Pomegranates (end of season)

    Vegetables in season in March

    • Cauliflower
    • Celeriac (end of season)
    • Leeks (end of season)
    • Peppers (coming into season)
    • Purple sprouting broccoli
    • Rhubarb
    • Shallots (end of season)
    • Spinach (comes into season mid-March)
    • Spring onions (coming into season)

    Meat

    • Rabbit (still available)
    • Turkey (still available)

    Fish and seafood

    • Mussels (end of season)
    • Oysters (end of season)
    • Salmon

    Our favourite seasonal March recipes

    April seasonal food

    Asparagus is a veg in season in April. It is shown here on a blue plate with burrata, prosciutto and sourdough toast.

    Asparagus, burrata and prosciutto on toast

    Enjoy early spring in April and the seasonal foods that come with it, the most well-known, of course, being lamb. Asparagus and apricots make their debut, and it’s also the season for tuna and crab.

    Fruits in season in April

    • Apricot (coming into season)
    • Kiwi fruit

    Vegetables in season in April

    • Asparagus (coming into season)
    • Cauliflower (end of season)
    • Peppers
    • Purple sprouting broccoli (end of season)
    • Rhubarb
    • Spinach
    • Spring onions

    Meat

    • Lamb (coming into season)
    • Rabbit (still available)
    • Turkey (still available)

    Fish and seafood

    • Crab (coming into season)
    • Salmon
    • Tuna (coming into season)

    Our favourite seasonal April recipes

    May seasonal food

    Peas are seasonal vegetables in the UK in May. The image shows a pea, bacon and parmesan risotto in a pan with a wooden spoon.

    A seasonal pea, bacon and parmesan risotto.

    May is the month when seasonal food gets really colourful, with peas, carrots and cherries coming into season, along with aubergines and rocket. The first of the new potatoes arrive, sardines and pollock are available too.

    Fruits in season in May

    • Apricots
    • Cherries (coming into season)
    • Kiwi fruit

    Vegetables in season in May

    • Asparagus
    • Aubergines (in season from late May)
    • Carrots (in season from late May)
    • New potatoes (coming into season)
    • Peas (coming into season)
    • Peppers
    • Rhubarb (end of season)
    • Rocket (coming into season)
    • Spinach
    • Spring onions
    • Watercress (coming into season)

    Meat

    • Lamb
    • Rabbit (available, but at its best Jul-Dec)

    Fish and seafood

    • Crab
    • Pollock (pollack) (in season from mid-May)
    • Salmon
    • Sardines (in season from end of May)
    • Tuna

    Our favourite seasonal May recipes

    June seasonal food

    A tray of mackerel fillets with onions and borlotti beans, sat on a blue and white stripe tea towel. Mackerel is a seasonal food in June.

    Baked mackerel fillets with bean and onions.

    Summer really kicks off in June. It’s the best month for broad beans, pak choi and courgettes, while strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and tomatoes have started to ripen. Haddock and mackerel also come into season.

    Fruits in season in June

    • Apricots
    • Blueberries (coming into season)
    • Cherries
    • Kiwi fruit
    • Raspberries (coming into season)
    • Strawberries (coming into season)
    • Tomatoes (coming into season)

    Vegetables in season in June

    • Artichokes (globe) (coming into season)
    • Asparagus
    • Aubergines
    • Broad beans (in season mid-June)
    • Carrots
    • Courgettes (coming into season)
    • Fennel (coming into season)
    • New potatoes
    • Pak choi (in season end of June)
    • Peas
    • Peppers
    • Rocket
    • Spinach (end of main season)
    • Spring onions
    • Turnips (summer season crop in season)
    • Watercress

    Meat

    • Lamb
    • Rabbit (available but best Jul-Dec)

    Fish and seafood

    • Crab
    • Haddock (coming into season)
    • Mackerel (coming into season)
    • Pollock (pollack)
    • Salmon
    • Sardines
    • Tuna

    Our favourite seasonal June recipes

    July seasonal food

    A close-up of peaches drizzled in icing, on top of a fruit loaf. Peach is a fruit in season in July.

    An iced peaches fruit loaf

    Berries are in season and blackberries make their first appearance, along with melon and peaches. Sweetcorn, broccoli, beetroot and courgettes come into season and seafood lovers can enjoy fresh, seasonal scallops.

    Fruits in season in July

    • Apricots
    • Blackberries (coming into season)
    • Blueberries
    • Cherries
    • Kiwi fruit
    • Melon (coming into season)
    • Peaches (coming into season)
    • Raspberries
    • Strawberries
    • Tomatoes

    Vegetables in season in July

    • Artichokes (globe)
    • Asparagus (end of season)
    • Aubergines
    • Beetroot (coming into season)
    • Broad beans
    • Broccoli (in season from end of July)
    • Carrots
    • Courgettes
    • Cucumber (coming into season)
    • Fennel
    • New potatoes (end of season)
    • Pak choi
    • Peas
    • Peppers
    • Potatoes (main crop) (coming into season)
    • Rocket
    • Spring onions (end of season)
    • Sweetcorn (coming into season)
    • Turnips (summer season crop)
    • Watercress

    Meat

    • Lamb
    • Rabbit (main season begins)

    Fish and seafood

    • Crab
    • Haddock
    • Mackerel
    • Pollock (pollack)
    • Prawns
    • Salmon
    • Sardines
    • Scallops (from mid-July)
    • Tuna

    Our favourite July seasonal recipes

    August seasonal food

    A plate of roasted broccoli and nuts on a teatowel. Broccoli is a seasonal vegetable in the Uk in August.

    Roasted broccoli with breadcrumbs and pistachios

    Mediterranean vegetables are everywhere in August, berries are still going strong, broccoli is abundant and nectarines come into season. Think salads and smoothies. There’s lots of fish and seafood around too.

    Fruits in season in August

    • Apricots
    • Blackberries
    • Blueberries
    • Cherries (end of season)
    • Kiwi fruit (end of season)
    • Melon
    • Nectarines (coming into season)
    • Peaches
    • Raspberries
    • Strawberries (end of season)
    • Tomatoes

    Vegetables in season in August

    • Artichokes (globe)
    • Aubergines
    • Beetroot
    • Broad beans
    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Celery (coming into season)
    • Courgettes
    • Cucumber
    • Fennel
    • Pak choi
    • Peas
    • Peppers
    • Potatoes (main crop)
    • Rocket
    • Sweetcorn
    • Watercress

    Meat

    • Lamb
    • Rabbit
    • Venison (may still be available)

    Fish and seafood

    • Crab
    • Haddock
    • Mackerel
    • Pollock (pollack)
    • Salmon
    • Sardines
    • Scallops
    • Tuna

    Our favourite August seasonal recipes

    September seasonal food

    A close-up of a plum tart cut into sections. Plums are fruits in season in September.

    A classic plum tart

    September marks the end of summer berries, but there’s lots of other fruit like apples, plums, grapes, figs and pears. Pumpkin, squash, kale and leeks make their debut, lamb makes a comeback and it’s the start of the mussels season.

    Fruits in season in September

    • Apples (Bramley) (coming into season)
    • Apricots (end of season)
    • Blackberries
    • Blueberries (end of season)
    • Grapes (short season to October)
    • Figs (coming into season)
    • Melon
    • Nectarines
    • Peaches (end of season)
    • Pears (coming into season)
    • Plums (coming into season)
    • Raspberries (end of season)
    • Tomatoes

    Vegetables in season in September

    • Artichokes (globe)
    • Aubergines
    • Beetroot
    • Broad beans (in season until early Sep)
    • Broccoli
    • Butternut squash (coming into season)
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Celeriac (coming into season)
    • Courgettes
    • Cucumber (end of season)
    • Fennel
    • Kale (coming into season)
    • Leeks (coming into season)
    • Pak choi (end of season)
    • Peas
    • Peppers
    • Potatoes (main crop)
    • Pumpkin (coming into season)
    • Rocket
    • Sweetcorn
    • Watercress

    Meat

    • Duck (coming into season)
    • Goose (coming into season)
    • Lamb
    • Rabbit
    • Venison (coming into season)

    Fish and seafood

    • Crab
    • Haddock
    • Mackerel
    • Mussels (coming into season)
    • Pollock (pollack)
    • Salmon
    • Sardines
    • Scallops
    • Tuna (until end Sep)

    Our favourite seasonal September recipes

    October seasonal food

    A close-up of a wild mushroom soup with a side of cheesy, mushroom bread. Wild mushrooms are seasonal vegetables in October.

    A creamy, wild mushroom soup.

    Autumn’s still great for fruit and veg. It’s the start of the season for wild mushrooms, cranberries and shallots, while squash and pumpkin are widely available. Oysters start their season and its turkey time too.

    Fruits in season in October

    • Apples (Bramley)
    • Blackberries (end of season)
    • Cranberries (coming into season)
    • Grapes (end of season)
    • Figs
    • Melon (end of season)
    • Nectarines (end of season)
    • Pears
    • Plums (end of season)
    • Tomatoes (end of season)

    Vegetables in season in October

    • Artichokes (globe)
    • Aubergines (until mid-October)
    • Beetroot
    • Broccoli (end of season)
    • Butternut squash
    • Carrots (end of season)
    • Celery
    • Celeriac
    • Courgettes (end of season)
    • Fennel (end of season)
    • Kale
    • Leeks
    • Mushrooms (wild) (coming into season)
    • Parsnips
    • Peas (end of season)
    • Peppers (end of season)
    • Potatoes (main crop)
    • Pumpkin
    • Rocket (end of season)
    • Shallots (coming into season)
    • Sweetcorn (end of season)
    • Swedes (until mid-Oct)
    • Turnips (winter crop coming into season)
    • Watercress

    Meat

    • Duck
    • Goose
    • Lamb (end of season)
    • Rabbit
    • Turkey (coming into season)
    • Venison

    Fish and seafood

    • Crab
    • Haddock
    • Mackerel
    • Mussels
    • Oysters (coming into season)
    • Pollock (pollack)
    • Prawns (end of season)
    • Salmon (end of season)
    • Scallops

    Our favourite seasonal October recipes

    November seasonal food

    A close-up plate of roast potatoes and another plate of brussels sprouts with pancetta. Brussels sprouts are in season in the Uk in November.

    Gordon Ramsay’s brussels sprouts with pancetta

    Root vegetables like swedes and parsnips sweeten in the November frost and as the festive season approaches, chestnuts, clementines and passion fruit are easy to come by. It’s also the season for the love-hate Brussels sprout.

    Fruits in season in November

    • Apples (Bramley)
    • Clementines (coming into season)
    • Cranberries
    • Figs (end of season)
    • Passion fruit (coming into season)
    • Pears

    Vegetables in season in November

    • Artichokes (globe) (end of season)
    • Beetroot
    • Brussels sprouts (in season from end of Nov)
    • Butternut squash (end of season)
    • Celery
    • Celeriac
    • Kale
    • Leeks
    • Mushrooms (wild)
    • Parsnips
    • Potatoes
    • Pumpkin
    • Shallots
    • Swedes
    • Turnips
    • Watercress (until early Nov)

    Meat

    • Duck
    • Goose
    • Rabbit
    • Turkey
    • Venison

    Fish and seafood

    • Crab (end of season)
    • Haddock
    • Mussels
    • Oysters
    • Pollock (pollack)
    • Scallops

    Our favourite seasonal November recipes

    December seasonal food

    A close-up of a roasted turkey joint with rosemary and leaves, with a bowl of roast potatoes in the background. Turkey is a seasonal food in December.

    A roasted turkey joint with stuffing and roast potatoes.

    It’s the season to be jolly in December as goose, duck and of course, turkey are in the shops. Cauliflower comes into season, as does sweet pomegranate, while hardy veggies like parsnip, swedes, turnips and sprouts are easy to find.

    Fruits in season in December

    • Apples (Bramley)
    • Clementines
    • Cranberries (end of season)
    • Passion fruit
    • Pears
    • Pomegranate (coming into season)

    Vegetables in season in December

    • Beetroot
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cauliflower (in season from mid-Dec)
    • Celery
    • Celeriac
    • Kale
    • Leeks
    • Mushrooms (wild)
    • Parsnips
    • Potatoes (main crop)
    • Pumpkin
    • Shallots
    • Swede
    • Turnips

    Meat

    • Duck
    • Goose
    • Rabbit
    • Turkey
    • Venison

    Fish and seafood

    • Haddock
    • Mussels
    • Oysters
    • Pollock (pollack) (until start of Dec)
    • Scallops

    Our favourite seasonal December recipes

    Are all foods seasonal?

    No, not all foods are considered seasonal. Whilst fruit and vegetables are known to be ‘in season’ during certain times of the year, there are other food groups which are unaffected by the seasons.

    Dairy products are available all year round and aren’t deemed seasonal foods. Milk, cream, eggs and butter are an example of this, with British bred cows and chickens producing their products from January right through to December.

    A picture of dairy products like milk, cream, butter, eggs and cheese. These are not considered seasonal food.

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    What are the benefits of eating seasonal food?

    There are a number of advantages to eating seasonal foods – benefiting your wallet, tastebuds and the environment at large.

    As a rule, fruits and vegetables are fresher and tastier when in season as they will have been harvested recently and grown locally. Products sourced outside of their season are often grown under managed conditions or other parts of the world, and it takes time (and a lot of distance) to transport them to local stores.

    This not only costs more, but also jeopardises the food’s quality and flavour. In contrast, seasonal vegetables will be cheaper to buy because they’ve been grown in the UK and won’t rack up huge travel costs. They’ll also taste superior as the time from being picked to appearing on your plate is considerably less.

    What’s more, buying seasonal food is also better for the environment. This is because their shorter journey to store will have a better carbon footprint than foods that have been transported from thousands of miles away.