What’s good to buy at the market this October? Here’s the big list of all the best UK seasonal foods to enjoy at peak freshness this month.
Fruit in season in October
Apples, blackberries, figs, grapes, pears, plums, quinces, raspberries.
Best imported seasonal fruit
Nuts in season in October
Cobnuts and hazelnuts, sweet chestnuts, walnuts.
Vegetables in season in October
Aubergine, autumn cabbage (green, red), broccoli (calabrese, autumn sprouting), brussels sprouts, cardoons, celeriac, celery, chard, chicory, chillies, courgettes, cucumber, endive, fennel (Florence), Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, marrow, pak choi, parsnips, peppers, pumpkins and winter squashes, radishes (summer, winter), salsify, scorzonera, spinach, spring onions, swedes, sweetcorn, sweet peppers, turnips, tomatoes, watercress.
Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.
Herbs in season in October
Chervil, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, lovage, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, summer savory, 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 October
Bullaces, crabapples, damsons, elderberries, samphire (rock), sloes, wild mushrooms (ceps / penny bun, chanterelles, field, horn of plenty / black trumpets / trompettes, puffball, truffle and many more).
Take great care when foraging as it’s easy to confuse edible and poisonous ingredients.
Fish in season in October
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, Cornish sardine / pilchard, coley, crab, dab, Dover sole, flounder, hake, john dory, langoustine, lemon sole, lobster, mussels, oysters (native), plaice, pollack, pouting, red gurnard, red mullet, sea bass, tuna, 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 to check their latest lists.
Fish in season in October, less sustainable
Cod, eel, haddock, mackerel, 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 October
Goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, lamb, partridge, pheasant, venison, wild duck, woodcock
Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon.
Cheese in season in October
Caerphilly. Imported: Saint-Nectaire, Vacherin.
Many quality mature cheeses are available year-round.
Do you have any favourite foods in the October seasonal food list? What are you going to cook?