Shop With The Seasons?… But What’s In Season When?

We're told that we can save money in the grocery store by shopping with the seasons. However, how do we know what's in season when? I know I don't... I've created this guide to help others find out what's in season when, so hopefully we can all benefit from some savings at the grocery store on our next shop.

Pretty much every food moneysaving guide tells you to shop with the seasons.

 

But what does that even mean?

 

Well, if you’re trying to eat cucumber in winter then you may find you’re paying somewhat of a premium. It comes back to the basic principle of supply and demand. In the summer cucumbers are an abundance and the price in the supermarket can reflect this. However, fast-forward to winter and these foods have to be sourced from outside of the EU or be genetically modified – and that costs a premium.

So, instead of just telling you to shop with the seasons I thought I’d go one further. Which is why I’ve created this complete list of ‘what’s in season when’. Helping you maximise your money when it comes to that all important supermarket shop.

 

Spring: March – June

Meat: Beef Steaks – Chicken – Sausages – Spring Lamb

Vegetables: Asparagus – Carrots – Cauliflowers – Celeriac – Cucumbers – Curly Kale – Purple Sprouting Broccoli – Savoy Cabbage – Sorrel – Spinach – Spring Greens – Spring Onion – Watercress

Fruit: Gooseberries – Rhubarb

Fish: Crab – Haddock – John Dory – Lobster – Mackerel – Monkfish – Prawns – Sea Bass – Sea Salmon – Trout – Turbot

As the days get longer and springtime returns you’re going to be wanting to cook with very strong seasonal flavours. Recipes include; Parmesan spring chicken, easy one-pot chicken casserole and spring fish pie.

 

Summer: June – September

Meat: Beef Steaks – Chicken – Ham – Lamb – Pork Pies – Pork Spare Ribs – Saltmarsh Lamb – Sausages – Venison

Vegetables: Beetroot – Broad Beans – Carrots – Cauliflowers – Courgettes – Cucumber – Fennel – Fresh Peas – Garlic – Green Beans – Lettuce & Salad Leaves – New potatoes – Radishes – Runner Beans- Sage – Salad Onions – Squash – Tomatoes – Watercress

Fruit: Blueberries – Currants (black, white and red) – Elderflower berries – Greengages – Loganberries – Plums – Raspberries – Strawberries – Tayberries

Fish: Crab – Pilchards – Wild Salmon

In summer you’re going to be spending more time in the garden. You’re going to be wanting to fill up on those fresh fruits and vegetables and focusing on light meals such as; Crunchy bulghar salad, Summer chicken stew and Veggie chilli.

 

Autumn: September – December

Meat: Chicken – Grouse – Ham – Heather-fed Lamb – Pies Pork – Sausages – Venison

Vegetables: Field Mushrooms – Lettuce – Marrow – Potatoes – Pumpkin – Rocket – Squashes – Sweetcorn – Watercress

Fruit: Apples – Blackberries – Damsons – Elderberries – Pears – Plums – Sloes

Fish: Brill – Dabs – Dover Sole – Flounders – Oysters – Skate

The drastic shift from Summer to Autumn can be a shock. Food can play a big part in making us feel like it’s still summer (at least in some ways) with meals such as; Autumn vegetable soup with cheesy toasts and Butternut squash & sage risotto.

 

Winter: December – March

Meat: Chicken – Gammon – Goose – Partridge – Pheasant – Sausages – Turkey – Venison – Wild Duck

Vegetables: Bay Leaves – Brussels – Sprouts – Cabbage – Carrots – Cauliflower – Celeriac – Curly Kale – Fennel – Leeks – Parsnips – Potatoes – Red Cabbage – Swede – Turnips

Fruit: Apples – Pears – Quince

Fish: Grey Mullet – Mussels – Scallops

Finally winter, a time where our budgets post-Christmas need as much stretching as possible. Meals such as; Chicken & ham lasagne and the Summer-in-winter chicken can help us do just that.

 

There we have it. My complete list of ‘what’s in season when?’ complete with recipes and ideas for what tasty home made meals you can make with these fantastic ingredients. With thanks to the following resources for this information; Love British Food.

2017-10-14T19:44:50+00:00

3 Comments

  1. LadyFIRE February 27, 2017 at 4:09 am - Reply

    Another trick is to shop farmers markets and look out for ugly veg. Generally the ugly things are in season and growers are desperately trying to move as much stock as possible.

    As soon as the fruit and veg is beautiful and uniform, you can trust it’s the nice stuff that was put in storage for later. Apples and tomatoes are the biggest culprits in this one!

    • TMM February 27, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

      I completely agree, here in the UK our supermarkets have started doing ‘ugly’ boxes of veg that you can buy at a reduced rate – it’s awesome!

  2. M February 27, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Thank you for this! So useful Cora

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