What’s in Season in October?

What's in Season in October?


Crunchy leaves.

Pumpkin spiced everything.

What’s not to love about October?

Autumn is my favourite season: the too-hot, unstructured days of summer are over and autumn breathes new beginnings & cosy evenings.

Blackberrying is basically a national pastime when the weather begins to turn and the light gets golden, to blackberry & apple jam, crumble and cake are definitely still on the menu at the start of October.

Also in high season? Pumpkin, and other squash. I love adding perfectly roasted squash to grain bowls at this time of year – it feels healthy but it’s just a bowl full of carbs.

And did I mention Halloween?

It might be right at the end of the month, but it feels like October is basically a big, spooky build-up to the day. Pumpkin carving, sourcing costumes (and bargaining with my husband about whether we’ll be wearing a cute couples costume), skulls on everything – October & Halloween just bring out my inner teenage goth aspirations, I guess.

This post is part of my series on eating seasonally – every month I let you know what ingredients are in season and point you to some recipes using those ingredients.
September | October | November | January

Seasonal foods in the UK for October
Squash & kale curry

What’s in Season in October?

October fruits

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Bilberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Elderberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Quince

October vegetables

  • Artichoke
  • Aubergine
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Fennel
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Marrow
  • Mushroom
  • Onion
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Pepper
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Runner Beans
  • Salsify
  • Shallot
  • Spring Onion
  • Swede
  • Sweet potato
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomato
  • Turnip

October greens

  • Cavolo Nero
  • Kale
  • Lamb’s Lettuce
  • Pak Choi
  • Radicchio
  • Rocket
  • Swiss Chard
  • Watercress

Also in season in October

  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Chestnuts
  • Chillies
  • Chives
  • Cobnuts
  • Garlic
  • Hazelnuts
  • Horseradish
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sorrel
  • Thyme
  • Walnuts

What to cook in October

What's in Season in October? A complete list (and printable pdf) of the fruits, vegetables, herbs and other vegan foods in season in the UK in October

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