British seasonal food in November

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Welcome to our comprehensive guide to all the best British seasonal food in November, including fruit, veg, foraged ingredients, fish, shellfish, meat and cheeses. As the weather cools in the UK this month we start to rely more on hearty vegetables, and stored and imported fruits.

It’s time for pies, crumbles, bakes and casseroles based around these seasonal ingredients. Here’s what to buy at the market, look out for in your delivery box or pick from the allotment this month.

Fruit in season in November

British seasonal fruit nuts in season in November
Clockwise from top left: quinces, mixed nuts, pomegranate, satsumas

British-grown fruit

  • apples
  • cranberries
  • medlars
  • pears
  • quinces

Best imported seasonal fruit

  • clementines
  • dates
  • ‘easy peelers’ citrus (satsumas, tangerines etc)
  • pomegranates

Nuts in season in November

  • almonds
  • hazelnuts (from store)
  • sweet chestnuts
  • walnuts

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Vegetables in season in November

Clockwise from top left: Savoy cabbage, turnips, kohlrabi, Jerusalem artichokes

  • beetroot (stored)
  • broccoli (sprouting)
  • Brussels sprouts and tops
  • cabbage (Savoy, red)
  • cardoons
  • celeriac
  • celery
  • chard
  • chicory
  • endive
  • horseradish
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • leeks
  • pak choi and other oriental greens
  • parsnips
  • pumpkins and winter squashes (from store)
  • salsify
  • scorzonera
  • spinach
  • swedes
  • turnips
  • winter radish
  • winter salad leaves (grown under cover)

[Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.]

Recommended seasonal veg books & box delivery

Herbs in season in November

  • fennel
  • marjoram
  • mint
  • parsley
  • sage
  • thyme
  • winter savory

[Always available: chives, coriander and parsley grown under cover; older leaves of hardy perennials like bay, rosemary, sage, thyme.]

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Wild / foraged food in season in November

Left to right: sloes, penny bun mushroom

It’s well and truly wild mushroom season. The other highlight is sloes for flavouring jams, gins and liqueurs.

  • sloes
  • wild mushrooms (ceps / penny bun / porcini, chanterelles, field, horn of plenty / black trumpets / trompettes, puffball, truffle and more)

[Take great care when foraging as it’s very easy to confuse edible and poisonous ingredients.]

Recommended foraging & wild food books

Fish in season in November

Clockwise from top left: mussels, pollock, spider crab, plaice

Seasonal fish varies greatly in different areas around the UK, and from year to year, changing in response to sea temperature, conservation or overfishing, and breeding cycles. Here’s a rough guide to what’s on sale now that’s considered to be more sustainable.

Sustainable British fish

  • brill
  • clams
  • cockles
  • coley / saithe
  • dab
  • flounder
  • gurnard (grey, red)
  • haddock
  • hake
  • halibut (wild Greenland)
  • herring
  • lobster
  • mackerel
  • monkfish
  • mussels
  • oysters
  • plaice
  • pollock
  • pouting/bib
  • prawns
  • scallops
  • sole (common / Dover, lemon, witch)
  • spider crab
  • sprat / whitebait
  • trout
  • wild turbot

[To the best of my knowledge, the list above is up to date and excludes the latest lists of critically endangered fish, but the information can change at short notice. Visit The Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society for latest lists.]

Less sustainable UK fish

  • Atlantic cod
  • langoustine / scampi
  • seabream
  • squid
  • whelks
  • whiting

Some of the fish in the list above can be sourced sustainably from a good fishmonger, depending on the area and fishing methods used.

[In good condition almost all year: herring, farmed arctic char, farmed halibut, farmed rainbow trout, farmed sea bream, farmed turbot, megrim sole, sustainably-fished monkfish, rope-grown mussels, prawns.]

Recommended seasonal fish & shellfish books

Meat, poultry and game in season in November

Clockwise from top left: wild goose, roe deer, pheasant, guinea fowl

  • capercaillie
  • duck (wild)
  • goose (including wild geese)
  • grouse (red and black)
  • guinea fowl
  • hare, mallard, partridge
  • pheasant
  • ptarmigan
  • snipe
  • teal
  • venison (fallow deer, red deer, roe deer doe, sika deer)
  • wigeon
  • woodcock

[Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, farmed venison, rabbit, wood pigeon.]

Recommended meat, game & poultry books

Cheese in season in November

Clockwise from top left: Cashel Blue, mature Lincolnshire Poacher, mature Gruyère, mixed Alpine cheese fondue

UK-made cheeses

  • Cashel Blue and other shorter matured blue cheeses
  • Ribblesdale and other mature goat cheese
  • Wigmore (semi-hard sheep’s cheese)
  • vintage Lincolnshire Poacher
  • vintage farmhouse cheddars

Imported November cheese

  • Alpine mountain cheeses such as mature Gruyère, mature Comté and raclette
  • Vacherin Mont d’Or

[Many quality mature cheeses are available year-round, especially hard cheeses.]

Recommended cheese & wine books + delivery

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It’s crumble weather! There’s an apple and cinnamon crumble planned this month, with roughly chopped almonds in the topping for extra flavour and texture. Lashings of vanilla custard on the side, I reckon.

It’s time for some kind of roasted vegetables too, and I think pumpkin, sage and mushrooms will be the first panful. I quite fancy some mashed swede with vegan bangers one midweek evening as well, for an extra helping of veg.

We’ve already had a few slices of Lincolnshire Poacher cheese as part of our monthly payday treat cheeseboard, and there’s enough left over to add to those roasted veggies or the top of a savoury bake. I feel a fondue coming on too, next time I go to the market.

What are you looking forward to cooking this month? Let us know your favourites in the comments box below.

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Do you have any favourite November British seasonal ingredients to add to your shopping list?

What will you be cooking and eating this month?

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