Fruit and Vegetables
When in season Co-operative have committed to 100% British produce on potatoes, carrots, cabbage, swede, onions and parsnips with plans to extend this even more to home grown fruit and vegetables.Why does eating seasonal British produce matter?
It makes economic sense to eat seasonally as fruit and vegetables are sold more cheaply when there is a glut. Consider making tomato sauce using surplus tomatoes in late summer to see you through the winter months.
Eating seasonally has health benefits too: foods in season contain the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of year. For example, British Food Fortnight marks the shift from summer to winter and the fruit and vegetables that are coming into season then, such as butternut squash and apples, are packed with vitamin C to boost our resistance to winter colds.
With calls for us to eat at least five portions a day, fruit and vegetables are taking a more prominent role in menu planning. Think about pairing fruits and vegetables with produce that are grown or reared in the same locality e.g. watercress and trout from the rivers of Hampshire or apples and pork from the orchard-filled fields of Gloucestershire.
When looking to purchase fruit and vegetables, keep an eye out for marks such as the Red Tractor logo
Visit our logos and marks page for further information on certification.
What fruits & vegetables are in season when?
|Spring (March-May||Summer (June-Aug)||Autumn (Sept-Nov)||Winter (Dec-Feb)|
|Veg||Asparagus Cauliflower Cucumber
Jersey Royal New Potatoes
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Lettuce and Salad Leaves
Field - Mushrooms
Grow your own!
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own fruit & veg and there is lots of resources and support that can help get you going. Below are just of couple of examples to help get you going:
- Landshare connects growers to people with land to share.
- Eat Seasonably provide tips and guidance on how and what to grow when.
- The Royal Horticultural Society lists fruits and vegetables alphabetically, with information on each plant and how to grow it.
Visit our Sourcing page for more information on sourcing British fruit & vegetables.