Even though you can get pretty much any produce at any time of yearin the UK, all fruit and veg has an annual time to shine. It’s better for theenvironment to shop locally, since it reduces the carbon footprint of yourvegetables. Although shopping locally limits you to whatever is currently beingharvested, it’s actually a plus for your body. Throughout winter, our bodiescrave comfort foods to combat the cold weather and lack of precious vitaminD, a vitamin derived from sunlight. Think chunky stews, thick soups, roastedveg and warming pies. Here’s a list of fruit and vegetables to look out for.Leeks look like giant spring onions, and have an onion-like flavour. Chop,lightly fry with a diced white onion and a generous grind of black pepper, thenblend with vegetable stock and boiled potatoes. Leek soup is hearty and lowcalorie, perfect for filling you up and making sure you can still squeeze intothe cream of the crop when shopping for Halloween costumes.
Butternut squash and pumpkin are so deliciously autumnal: they’re evenorange, a staple Halloween colour. Peeling a pumpkin is about as fun aswatching your nails dry, but you can roast it with the skin on and scoop out thesoft, roasted flesh after cooking. Butternut squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoare all great additions to a stew, curry or roast. If you decide to make pumpkin soup,always add a splash of orange juice or even orange chunks for depth offlavour.Coxes apples also come into season during autumn. While they can alwaysbe slung into your handbag before work, there’s a lot more to the humbleapple than being just a pit-stop snack. Stew them with a sweet blend of mixedspices, assorted dried fruit and fresh apple juice for a warming breakfast thattastes great with a little yoghurt.Elsewhere, be sure to look out for the likes of Savoy Cabbage, sweetcorn,green tomatoes and blackberries, all of which also come into season over theautumn months. Eating seasonally has never been so tasty!
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