Summer’s bumper crop might be over, but November promises some new excitement. From humble roots and orchard fruits to striking brassicas, take a look at which seasonal fruits and vegetables our wonderful British farmers are harvesting this month.
These lovely turnips are sweet and delicately flavoured. Grown by our friends at Purton House Organics in Wiltshire, they’re bunched up with their greens too. Turnips roast well, so think about adding them to your Sunday roast veg medley, and chop and sautée the greens with garlic to serve up alongside.
Somewhere between a cauliflower and a broccoli in flavour, the Romanesco is hands-down the most striking member of the brassica family. Look at those patterns! We like them blanched with lots of good olive oil.
Kale, various varieties
This knobbly tuber is nutty and rich, and particularly good blitzed into a silky soup (try it with a bit of a blue cheese), or roasted with your favourite root veg. We’re getting our supply from Close Farm in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Purton House Organics’ lovely swedes. Not the sexiest of root vegetables, but they’re all-mighty when mashed up with plenty of butter or baked gratin-style with woody herbs and red onion. Swedes make a good soup too, particularly with a few parsnips thrown in. Try our Westmill Organics’ parsnips, which are also right in season this month.
Wet walnuts are a special thing. In season for just a few weeks in autumn, these fresh nuts – as opposed to the dry ones you can get in the shops – have a milky taste with a slight crunch, and are delicious just as they are. These ones come from Mash Purveyors in West Sussex.
It’s the season for our favourite sprouts, fresh off the stalk. For a bit of a change on the standard boiled Brussels, try pan-frying them with garlic, crispy pancetta and chilli.
Apples and Pears
The season is ripe for an orchard harvest, and our growers over at Chegworth Valley, Brogdale Fine Fruits and Baretilt Farm all have amazing varieties on offer. Find out more on which ones you can expect to be enjoying right now.
Inspired? Head over here for more of our growers’ in-season fruit and veg.
The availability of all seasonal fruits and vegetables are subject to – you’ve guessed it – seasonality, location, oh and the weather. Keep your eyes peeled to enjoy them at the height of their season!