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.
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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:
- 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.
The Co-op always support the UK farming industry and promoted British food.They have created long-term relationships with farmers and suppliers to give our customers complete transparency in the Co-op supply chain, built on honesty, fairness and trust. The Co-op Farming Groups, combined with a clear sourcing strategy, forecasts a great future for Co-op.Co-op supports nearly 2,000 UK farmers and have dedicated long-term relationships with more than 400 farmers all part of Co-op Farming Groups. These 400 carefully selected ‘foundation’ farms focus on growing and rearing animals to The Co-op’s high standards. They provide chicken, pork, Hereford and Aberdeen Angus beef, Cambrian lamb and milk, through a transparent supply chain. Since the establishment of The Co-operative Dairy Group in 2011, five additional Farming Groups to cover own-brand fresh British meat and poultry. Together, the six groups help to maintain strict animal welfare policies and encourage long-term investment and improvements to sustainability, efficiency and training. Co-op are committed to British Agriculture.
When in season Co-op 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.
Where to find particular
Heritage potatoes - http://www.heritage-potatoes.co.uk/
Heritage varieties are most likely to be sourced direct from a local farmer. You should talk to the farmer about your plans in advance of the growing season so that he/she is able to make the necessary preparations.
Asparagus - http://www.british-asparagus.co.uk/
Bramley Apples - http://www.bramleyapples.co.uk/
Tomatoes - http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/
summer fruits - http://www.britishsummerfruits.co.uk/
leafy salads - http://www.britishleafysalads.co.uk/
English apples and pears - http://www.englishapplesandpears.co.uk/
Leeks - http://www.britishleeks.co.uk/
beans and peas http://www.tastesofsummer.co.uk/