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Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and Vegetables


 


 

When in season Co-o 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)
Fruit Rhubarb Blueberries
Currants
ElderflowersGreengages
Loganberries
Plums
Raspberries
Strawberries
Tayberries
Apples
Blackberries
Damsons
Elderberries
Pears
Plums
Quince
Sloes
Apples
Pears
Veg Asparagus Cauliflower Cucumber
Jersey Royal New Potatoes
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Radishes
Savoy Cabbage
Sorrel
Spinach
Spring Greens
Spring Onion
Watercress
Aubergine
Beetroot
Broad Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Courgettes
Cucumber
Fennel
Fresh Peas
Garlic
Green Beans
Lettuce and Salad Leaves
New potatoes
Radishes
Rocket
Runner Beans
Salad Onions
Sorrel
Tomatoes
Watercress
Beetroot
Carrot
Celeriac
Fennel
Field - Mushrooms
Kale
Leeks
Lettuce
Marrow
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Rocket
Sorrel
Squashes
Sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Watercress
Beetroot
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Chicory
Fennel
Jerusalem -Artichoke
Kale
Leeks
Parsnips
Potatoes
Red Cabbage
Swede
Turnips

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.

Delicious fruit & veg recipes.