British seasonal food in September

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There’s a huge range of British seasonal food in September, from the late-ripening summer crops that need extra sunshine to the newer autumn season produce, including fragrant autumn raspberries, the first crisp apples, and a glut of vegetables.

You can also find a variety of fish that are now out of their spawning period, shellfish from cooler coastal waters, most game, and the first tangy cheeses. Tasty imports from are available from warmer climes too.

Here’s what to buy at the market, or pick from your kitchen garden or allotment in Britain this month.

Fruit in season in September

  • apples
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • damsons
  • figs
  • grapes
  • greengages
  • loganberries
  • melons
  • peaches
  • pears
  • plums
  • raspberries
  • tayberries

Best imported seasonal fruit

  • apricots
  • peaches
  • pineapples (Caribbean)
  • melon (Charentais, cantaloupe, galia)
  • nectarines

Nuts in season in September

  • cobnuts and hazelnuts

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Vegetables in season in September

  • aubergines
  • autumn cabbage (green, red)
  • beetroot
  • broccoli (calabrese, autumn sprouting)
  • brussels sprouts
  • cardoon
  • celeriac
  • celery
  • chillies
  • chicory
  • courgettes
  • cucumbers
  • endive
  • fennel
  • globe artichokes
  • green beans (French, runner)
  • kohlrabi
  • lettuce and other salad leaves
  • leeks
  • marrows
  • okra
  • pak choi
  • parsnips
  • peppers
  • pumpkins and winter squashes
  • radishes (summer, winter)
  • spinach
  • spring onions
  • swedes
  • sweetcorn
  • summer squash
  • tomatoes
  • turnips
  • watercress

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

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Herbs in season in September

  • basil
  • chervil
  • chives
  • coriander
  • dill
  • fennel
  • lovage
  • marjoram
  • mint
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • sorrel
  • summer savory
  • tarragon
  • 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 September

  • bilberries / blaeberries
  • crabapples
  • elderberries
  • rosehips
  • samphire (rock)
  • sloes
  • wild damsons
  • wild mushrooms (ceps/penny bun, chanterelles, field, puffball, truffle)

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

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Fish in season in September

Seasonal fish availability and sustainability varies greatly from year to year and in different areas around the UK, plus it’s being affected by climate change and conservation measures, but here’s a rough guide to what’s on sale now in the sustainable category.

Sustainable British fish

  • brill
  • cockles
  • coley / saithe
  • spider crab
  • dab
  • flounder
  • gurnard (grey)
  • haddock
  • hake
  • herring / sild
  • mackerel
  • monkfish
  • mussels
  • oysters
  • plaice
  • pollock
  • pouting / bib
  • Dover / common sole
  • lemon sole
  • lobster
  • sardine / European pilchard
  • sprat / whitebait
  • wild turbot
  • witch / Torbay sole

[To the best of my knowledge the list above excludes critically endangered fish, but it never hurts to double check as the situation is constantly changing. Visit The Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society for their latest lists.]

Fish in season, less sustainable

Many of these types of fish and seafood can still be sourced from a responsible fishmonger:

  • crayfish
  • eel
  • gilthead bream (wild)
  • halibut (wild)
  • john dory
  • langoustine / scampi
  • razor clams
  • red mullet
  • seabass (wild)
  • seabream (wild)
  • sea trout
  • squid
  • whelks
  • whiting
  • wild salmon

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

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Meat, poultry & game in season in September

  • grouse
  • guinea fowl
  • hare
  • lamb
  • partridge
  • pheasant
  • ptarmigan
  • snipe
  • venison
  • wild duck
  • wild geese
  • woodcock

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

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Cheese in season in September

British seasonal cheeses

  • Double Gloucester
  • farmhouse Cheshire

Imported seasonal cheese

  • Camembert

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

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After a long hot summer we’ve arrived at the very start of autumn. We’re still picking plenty of tomatoes and fresh herbs here, and I’m looking forward to enjoying some peaches and blackberries.

Do you have personal favourites to add to your shopping list this month? Let us know in the comments below.

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