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Fruit and Vegetables in Season In August

what's in season in August

Want to know which fruit and vegetables are in season in August in the UK? I’ve got all the details.

Aah, August.  August is probably my favourite summer month, produce-wise. The shops are just heaving with fresh local produce.  August sees cos lettuce, plums, and raspberries at their best. However, there are heaps and heaps of other stuff in season too right now – check out my guide to what fruit and vegetables are in season in August.

And don’t forget to print off the free printer-friendly version of this list to help you when you are meal planning, or to help you to buy British when you’re at the shops.  You can find it here.

The Fruit In Season In August

fruit in season in August

There is a ton of fruit in season in August. Go crazy with this lovely lot.

The Vegetables In Season In August

vegetables in season in august

Similarly, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to vegetables in season in August:

  • Artichokes
  • Aubergines
  • Beetroot
  • Broad Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage (Red, Savoy and Spring Green)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chillies
  • Courgettes
  • Cucumber (see this pickled cucumber with fennel flowers recipe – it’s so tasty!)
  • Fennel
  • French Beans
  • Garlic
  • Jersey Royal Potatoes
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Lettuce (Cos and Iceberg)
  • Marrow
  • New Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Pak Choi
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rocket
  • Runner Beans
  • Samphire
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions (see this handy guide on how to store spring onions for longer)
  • Squash
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Watercress

The Herbs To Eat Now

herbs in season in august

Again, there are a load of herbs in season, just ripe for the picking:

  • Basil
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Mint (check out my guide on how to dry mint leaves for tea)
  • Parsley (curly and flat-leafed)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sorrel
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

See what I mean? There is just so much in season in August! What are you planning on cooking or baking this month?  I’m all about the cucumber and raspberries this month – I cannot get enough of either! I am very intrigued by this vegan cucumber and cashew curry recipe. I will report back when I’ve tried it!

Food & Drink, Garden, Home and Garden

Guide to Edible Flowers

guide to edible flowers
guide to edible flowers

I’ve got a great guide to edible flowers for you today!

If you’ve been reading Moral Fibres semi-regularly then you’ll know that I’m into foraging.  From nettles to elderflowers and elderberries, to sloes and blackberries and everything in between, it’s becoming a bit of a passion of mine.  Free food – what’s not to love about it?!

Whilst reading about foraging online (as you do!) I came across this handy guide to edible flowers on the blog Illustrated Bites.  Illustrated Bites is the creation of US illustrator Heather Diane, and combines her love of food with her love of illustration.  Her recipes and posts use seasonal produce, which is another love of mine.  And although there haven’t been any new posts in a little while, there is a word of a book coming out next year, which is very exciting!

Heather’s guide to edible flowers is a little US-orientated. There aren’t so many hibiscus flowers on our UK shores after all! However, her guide still holds plenty of relevance for anyone living in the northern hemisphere!  Think dandelions, sunflowers, nasturtiums, lilacs, and more, which are all common in the UK.

A Handy Guide to Edible Flowers

edible flowers guide

Were there any edible flower surprises here for you?  I personally had no idea that lilacs are edible.  Also, sunflower petals and buds were a big surprise too!  I must remember this when we grow sunflowers next year!

I have a recipe in my archives for boozy elderflower cordial that is really easy to make, and so delicious. It’s a great place to begin if you’re looking to make a start with edible flowers. I will keep you posted with any other floral recipes that I try – like my pickled cucumbers with fennel flowers recipe.

If you have any recipes for edible flowers then please do also share in the comments below!  Also, do add any other edible flowers that you like to use in your cooking, as I am sure there are heaps more!