Better taste: Seasonal vegetables are often harvested when they are fully ripe and have developed their full flavour. This means that they taste better than vegetables that have been picked early and shipped from other parts of the world.
Nutrient-rich: Seasonal vegetables are also more likely to be nutrient-rich. They are often grown locally, which means that they are fresher and have been exposed to fewer chemicals and preservatives.
Lower cost: Seasonal vegetables are often less expensive than out-of-season produce because they are more abundant and don’t need to be transported from far away. This means that you can get more for your money and eat healthier on a budget.
Environmentally-friendly: Eating seasonal vegetables can also be better for the environment. Vegetables that are in season locally don’t need to be transported long distances, which means that they have a smaller carbon footprint.
Supports local farmers: Buying seasonal vegetables from local farmers can also support your local economy and help small-scale farmers thrive. This can help to create a more sustainable and equitable food system.
Here’s a list of fruits and vegetables that are in season in the UK by month:
January: Brussels sprouts, leeks, kale, celeriac, turnips, parsnips, apples, pears, blood oranges, clementines
February: Brussels sprouts, leeks, kale, celeriac, turnips, parsnips, apples, pears, blood oranges, clementines, rhubarb
March: Cauliflower, kale, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach, rhubarb, blood oranges
April: Asparagus, lettuce, radishes, spring onions, watercress, rhubarb, strawberries
May: Asparagus, lettuce, radishes, spring onions, watercress, rhubarb, strawberries, cherries
June: Broad beans, peas, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, gooseberries
July: Broad beans, peas, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, blueberries
August: Courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, aubergines, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, gooseberries, plums
September: Courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, aubergines, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, gooseberries, plums, apples
October: Butternut squash, pumpkins, beetroot, carrots, parsnips, apples, pears
November: Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, leeks, parsnips, swede, turnips, apples, pears
December: Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, leeks, parsnips, swede, turnips, apples, pears, clementines, satsumas
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