Optimising Seasonal Produce: Making the Most of What’s on Offer this Autumn
asonal food which can be used to create unique and creative culinary delights!
The landscape of the autumn season in the UK is one of warming, golden tones as the leaves turn and begin to fall. This is very much reflected in the gastronomic offerings, with warming soups and golden root vegetables beginning to feature in restaurant menus.
Why eat seasonal produce?
The beauty of utilising seasonal produce is that this is when the food is at its absolute best, meaning its fresher and tastes better. Whereas out of reason produce, for example strawberries are either grown in artificial conditions or shipping from another country. This impacts on the overall taste and can even lower the nutritional value.
Moreover, its far cheaper to eat seasonally, as locally sourced produce in seasonal abundance cost far less and of course, it’s a more natural and sustainable way of living.
At PenniBlack we love to utilise seasonal produce, in doing so we not only ensure the very best flavour and nutrients are packed into our dishes, but also that we’re doing our bit for the environment.
Autumn Meat and Fish
Meat currently available and at their best in the UK now include, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, wood pigeon, venison, turkey and duck. Seasonal fish include clams, oyster, skate, dab, brill and Dover sole.
The star of the plate, these hearty meats and seasonal fish are the perfect base to showcase the best of British seasonal produce.
The autumn season is truly rich with an outstanding array of seasonal vegetables, including beetroot, butternut squash, horseradish, swede, celeriac, artichoke, turnips, pumpkins, courgettes, fennel, marrow, leeks and wild mushrooms.
Each vegetable has a distinct flavour, and many harmonise well together in soups, stews and other dishes. For example, you could try combining earthy wild mushrooms and sweet leeks in a creamy autumn risotto.
Nuts and Herbs
There are some wonderful additional produce which can be used within your cooking to enhance flavour or add to the overall texture.
In season right now, are cobnuts and chestnuts and hazelnuts which can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
Seasonal herbs include sorrel, thyme, sage, rosemary and oregano, all wonderful accompaniments to soups, casseroles or roasted meats.
Fruits in Season
Some of the best in-season fruits during autumn include blackberries, figs, apples, plums, pears, quince, bilberries, elderberries and damsons.
These autumnal fruits available in the UK can be used in a whole host of tasty dessert dishes. Think crumbles, cakes, pies, tarts and pastries, or simply eat them as they come – fresh and flavourful!