Want to know which fruits and vegetables are in season in August in the UK? I’ve got all the details.
There are heaps of reasons why choosing seasonal fruit and vegetables benefits both you and the planet.
For a start, you’re reducing your food miles – the distance food travels from farm to fork. By choosing to eat in-season produce, you’re cutting down on the carbon footprint associated with transporting fresh produce across the globe. Making the distance shorter means fewer carbon emissions and a smaller environmental impact.
Secondly, you’ll often find that your food bills shrink a little when you opt for what’s in season. When fruits and vegetables are in season, they tend to be more abundant and, therefore, less expensive. Plus, supporting local, seasonal agriculture can help mitigate the volatility of food prices caused by international supply chains.
So what’s in season this month? Well, 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 in season and at their best. However, there are heaps and heaps of other stuff in season too right now – here’s all you need to know:
The Fruit In Season In August
There is a ton of fruit in season in August. Go wild with this lovely lot.
- Blackberries (see my tips on how to make berries last longer)
- Bramley Apples
- Gooseberries (try this Gooseberry Clafoutis recipe. It’s so good!)
The Vegetables In Season In August
Similarly, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to vegetables in season in August:
- Broad Beans
- Cabbage (Red, Savoy and Spring Green)
- Cucumber (see this pickled cucumber with fennel flowers recipe – it’s so tasty!)
- French Beans
- Jersey Royal Potatoes
- Kohl Rabi
- Lettuce (Cos and Iceberg)
- New Potatoes
- Pak Choi
- Runner Beans
- Spring Onions (see this handy guide on how to store spring onions for longer)
The Herbs To Eat Now
Again, there are a load of herbs in season, just ripe for the picking:
- Mint (check out my guide on how to dry mint leaves for tea)
- Parsley (curly and flat-leafed)
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! EDIT – I’ve tried it – I loved it!
I’ve also put together a free printer-friendly version of this list to help you when you are meal planning or to help you buy British when you’re at the shops. Make sure you grab your August fruit and vegetable guide here.