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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, Summer

Gooseberry Clafoutis Recipe

gooseberry clafoutis
gooseberry clafoutis

Love gooseberries? Try this delicious gooseberry clafoutis recipe.

Gooseberries are one of my absolute favourite summer fruits.  Growing up we had a gooseberry bush at the bottom of our garden.  It was always such a treat, mid-summer, to venture down and eat gooseberries straight from the bush, still hot from the July sun.  While I still enjoy eating gooseberries straight up, I’m always on the lookout for good gooseberry recipes.

I once saw one of my favourite TV chefs, Nigel Slater, cook cherry clafoutis on TV.  It looked absolutely amazing and I made a mental note to myself that I bet it would also be good made with gooseberries.  That thought went right out of my head until the other day when I bought some cheap Scottish gooseberries on a whim from a market stand in Edinburgh.  I was going to eat them raw, but then just in the nick of time Nigel’s cherry clafoutis and my hunch about gooseberries came back to me.

I’m pleased to say my hunch was right, and my partner has requested that I make more and more clafoutis.  Coming from him this is definitely a sign of a good clafoutis!  So you can enjoy it too, today I’m sharing this delicious gooseberry clafoutis recipe with you.

What Is Clafoutis?

Clafoutis is a French dish, typically made with cherries in a thick silky batter.  It makes for a fantastic summer dessert, made at the height of soft fruit season.  The sweetness of the batter combined with the sharpness of the gooseberries just hits the spot!

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Gooseberry Clafoutis Recipe

Adapted from Nigel Slater.

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Gooseberry Clafoutis

This delicious gooseberry clafoutis is a tasty and summery twist on the French classic dessert.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 400 g gooseberries
  • 30 g butter plus extra to grease your baking dish
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 ml milk
  • 90 g granulated sugar
  • 90 g flour
  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/gas mark four.
  2. Cut the tops and stalks off of your gooseberries, and give them a good wash.
  3. Butter a roughly 20cm pie dish or baking tin and then lightly sprinkle with a little bit of icing sugar. Place your gooseberries in the dish.
  4. Beat your eggs and sugar together until creamy. Then add your flour (sifted), vanilla essence and milk and mix well until combined.
  5. Melt your butter in a small pan and add to the mix, stirring well.
  6. Pour the batter over the gooseberries, and place your pan in the oven for around 35 minutes, or until your clafoutis is puffed and golden brown and a skewer or knife comes out clean. I had to place some baking parchment over my clafoutis at around the 20 minute mark to stop it burning, so keep an eye out!
  7. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm, perhaps with a spot of cream!
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For the photos, I garnished my gooseberry clafoutis with some elderflower.  The raw flowers are edible and work really well with gooseberries! You can even make an elderflower cordial from them. See my guide to edible flowers for more edible flower ideas.

I hope you enjoy this gooseberry clafoutis!  Do you have any good gooseberry recipes?  Do share in the comments below!