Which British seasonal foods are at their best in November? Well, you’re in for a treat with all kinds of in season vegetables, fruits, fish, meats and cheeses – and there are some tasty imported November ingredients to try as well.
Here’s what to buy at the market or pick from the allotment this month.
Fruit in season in November
Apples, cranberries, medlars, pears, quinces.
Nuts in season in November
Almonds, hazelnuts (from store), sweet chestnuts, walnuts.
Best imported seasonal fruit
Clementines, dates, pomegranates, satsumas, tangerines.
Vegetables in season in November
Beetroot (stored), broccoli (sprouting), Brussels sprouts and tops, cabbage (Savoy, red), cardoons, celeriac, celery, chard, chicory, endive, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, pak choi, 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.
Herbs in season in November
Fennel, marjoram, mint, parsley, sage, thyme, winter savory.
Always available: chives, coriander, parsley grown under cover; older leaves of hardy perennials like bay, rosemary, sage, thyme.
Wild / foraged food in season in November
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 easy to confuse edible and poisonous ingredients.
Fish in season in November
Seasonal fish varies greatly around the UK, and from year to year, but here is a rough guide to what’s on sale now.
Brill, clams, coley, Cornish sardine / pilchard, crab, dab, Dover sole, flounder, hake, john dory, langoustine, lemon sole, mussels, oysters (native), pike, plaice, pollack, pouting, red gurnard, red mullet, scallops, sea bass, sprats, whiting, winkles.
To the best of my knowledge, the list above excludes critically endangered fish. Visit The Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society for latest lists.
Fish in season in November, less sustainable
Cod, haddock, squid, wild halibut, wild turbot.
In good condition almost all year: herring, farmed sea bream and turbot, megrim sole, sustainably-fished monkfish, rope-grown mussels, prawns.
Meat, poultry and game in season in November
Goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, partridge, pheasant, venison, wild duck, woodcock.
Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, farmed venison, rabbit, wood pigeon.
Cheese in season in November
Ribblesdale (mature goat cheese). Imported: Vacherin.
Many quality mature cheeses are available year-round.
Do you have any favourite foods on this list? What will you be cooking and eating this month?