Bananas in December? Sure. Pumpkins in March? Of course. As consumers, we’re used to getting exactly what we want, when we want, regardless of what’s in season. But eating seasonal vegetables and fruit can benefit your taste buds, your wallet and the environment.
Find out more about switching to seasonal food and discover the fruits and vegetables in season by month in the UK.
Here is your run-down of the seasonal fruits and vegetables by month and season in the UK.
What are seasonal fruit and vegetables?
Eating seasonal food means consuming fruit and vegetables within the season that they’ve been grown. In the UK, we have four distinct seasons, meaning we have a variety of fruits and veggies in season at different times of the year.
Head to your local supermarket and you could be easily fooled into thinking strawberries grow in the depths of winter and beetroot at the start of spring. Often, out-of-season produce is shipped in from different countries or intensively farmed closer to home using a concoction of pesticides and fertilisers to ensure year-round availability. In fact, Pollution Issues revealed that over half of our vegetables are imported and 95% of all of our fruit comes from abroad.
Are seasonal vegetables cheaper?
Buying fruit and veggies in season can be more affordable as they are often readily available within the season they’re grown in. When produce comes from overseas, its transportation, packaging and import costs are all factored into the retail price, which can make exotic or out-of-season fruits and vegetables more expensive.
Local vs seasonal food
It’s also important to consider that eating seasonal food and local food are two different things, too. Fruit and vegetables grown locally may be harvested close to home, but if the crops are grown out of season they’ll require much more heat, light and fertiliser, increasing their carbon footprint. Seasonal veg thrives within the season it’s supposed to be grown in and has a smaller environmental impact.
Where to buy seasonal fruit?
Modern shopping habits make it hard to discern what’s in season and where it’s grown. While some may be lucky enough to live near local farm shops, fruit and vegetable delivery boxes are becoming a popular way to enjoy fresh, seasonal fruit and veg in the UK.
Seasonal fruit and vegetables in the UK
It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables in season taste better. From juicy Victoria plums to succulent British strawberries and earthy purple beets, seasonal food is bursting with flavour, sweetness and crunch. Find out what veg is in season and when with our seasonal fruits and vegetables list.
Spring: March, April, May
Spring seasonal vegetables UK:
- Curly kale
- Savoy cabbage
- Spring onions
- New potatoes
- Wild garlic
Spring season fruits:
Summer: June, July, August
Seasonal vegetables for summer:
- Broad beans
- Salad leaves
- Green beans
Seasonal fruit for summer:
- Elderflower berries
Autumn: September, October, November
Seasonal vegetables autumn:
- French beans
Autumn fruits UK:
- Sloe berries
Winter: December, January, February
Seasonal vegetables for winter:
- Brussel sprouts
- Red & white cabbage
Seasonal fruit for winter:
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