It’s always good to go for vegetable that are in season to support UK farming and also to get the best goodness out of your vegetables.
But it isn’t always easy to know what’s in season, or what health benefits seasonal vegetables have.
So here’s our guide on seasonal vegetables in the UK for autumn plus information on what health benefits you can enjoy from each of them!
Autumn is a great time for antioxidant packed fruits to help ward off colds and flu.
Blackberries are packed with cancer fighting antioxidants, specifically oesophagus cancer, as well as plenty of vitamin C for fighting colds and boosting your immune system. There are also many varieties of apples that are in season in autumn, with health benefits such as fighting colds, viruses and cancer, and also aiding diets.
Pears are another autumn fruit that are great for you and they taste beautiful too with their soft flesh. They are high in fibre, many essential vitamins and they are hypo-allergenic so if you have food allergies these are a great choice. Do remember though that when you eat fruit, there are natural sugars and acids that can be harmful to your teeth so make sure you have a glass of water after eating fruit to prevent problems with teeth.
Autumn is fantastic time of year for a huge variety of vegetables. Butternut squash and pumpkins are packed with antioxidants and fibre, as well as folate which is great for mums-to-be because it helps to prevent brain and spine birth defects in newborns. Brussel sprouts, although not everybody’s cup of tea, are one of the best autumn vegetables. These cholesterol lowering vegetables help with digestion, fight cancer and promote healthy thyroid gland function.
Leafy greens are extremely good for all parts of the body, and Kale is in season in autumn, as is spinach. These leafy veggies are one of the best sources of iron with absolutely zero fat and masses of fibre. They are also high in vitamin K and antioxidants making them brilliant cancer fighters.
For a healthy heart, make sure you get a good intake of onions and leeks, which are ready for harvest in autumn. Parsnips and turnips are in abundance in autumn and they are a great source of potassium, vitamin C, folate and fibre to help with digestive problems and boost the immune system.
One of our favourites in autumn is celeriac, a round white-ish root vegetable that tastes a lot like celery.
This is a great alternative to cabbage in coleslaws and makes a tasty side dish. It is great for helping with kidney problems and diseases, helps to regulate metabolism and thus control weight and helps to relax nerves so it’s great for stress. In its family is also celery, which is great for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
So, there you have it. A whole range of amazing tasting fruits, vegetables and salad ingredients to keep you going over the next few months. You can add them to stews, vegetable lasagnes or make some scrummy wintery salads with these colourful and healthy choices!