Seasonal foods to eat in January

It might not look like there’s much sprouting away in the garden at this time of year, but don’t be fooled. The majority of the root vegetables and brassicas are in full swing, and there’s plenty of fish and feathered game around too.

What’s good to eat right now?

Fruit: apples and pears from store, forced rhubarb, last few seasonal nuts, quince and medlars. Imported Seville oranges.

Vegetables: Asian greens, brussels sprouts and tops, cabbage (red, white, green), cardoons, celeriac, chicory, endive, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, parsnips, salsify and scorzonera, swedes, turnips, wild garlic, winter varieties of cauliflower.

Fish and shellfish: brill, brown crab, clams, cockles, cod, flounder, haddock, halibut, herring, mackerel, mussels, pike, native (rock) oysters, scallops, turbot, whiting. As ever, you may wish to avoid anything that’s been overfished.

Meat, poultry and game: mutton, partridge, pheasant, snipe, wild duck (mallard, teal, pintail, widgeon), woodcock.

Cheeses: Stilton, Blue Wensleydale, Appleby and other Cheshire cheeses, Lancashire cheeses, Bonchester, Sharpham. Bresse Bleu, Cantal, Pont L’Eveque, Roquefort.

What are you going to cook? I think I’ll be making some hearty soups and stews, some spiced cabbage as a side dish, and some fruit crumble or fruity rice pudding. Please tell me about your favourite January recipes or thrifty seasonal food tips.

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  1. You’re makin’ my mouth water Penny (just like Opal Fruits used to before they became Starburst!) I got some cheap frozen smoked haddock from Sainsbury’s the other day and made a terrific risotto with it and some peas & leeks. Deeeeelish!!

  2. Mmmm I love these posts! I’m feeling so uninspired food-wise right now, I shall take your list and go for a wander around our Farmer’s Market (The Goods Shed in Canterbury, so good) this weekend!

  3. Hi Jackie – mmmm, risotto! I make a nice store cupboard one with onions, cheese and dried mushrooms, but yours sounds very tasty too. It sounds like a very posh version of kedgeree 🙂

    Hi Tamsin – the farmers’ market will be a great place to try, nice and fresh, and lots of it. There’s one near me but it only runs once a month which isn’t nearly often enough. One more reason to grow some veggies of my own…

    P x

  4. Penny, just found your great site. Saving to get to China by the end of the year and frugal freeganing is the order of the day. Keep up the good work.


  5. Hi Mycroft – thanks for dropping by. Good luck with your saving, and please let us know how you get on with everything.

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