what's in season: november

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, - November!
Thomas Hood

Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils
Cyril Connolly

Sadly, my favourite tender vegetable crops are disappearing as the first frosts appear in November, although it is still a good month for hardier veg such as cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, leeks, parsnips, potatoes and sprouts as well as traditional fruits such as apples, pears and quinces. However, this is the month that game really comes into its own, so it's not all doom and gloom.

vegetables, herbs and wild greens:
artichokes (globe), artichokes (Jerusalem), beetroot, borlotti beans (for podding), broccoli (calabrese), Brussels sprouts, Brussels tops, cabbages (various green varieties, red and white), cardoons, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chard, chicory, endive, greens (spring and winter), leeks, lettuce, nettles, onions, oyster mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins (and squashes), salsify, swede, turnips, watercress, wood blewits

fruit and nuts:
apples, chestnuts, cranberries, hazelnuts, medlars, pears, quinces, raspberries, rosehips, sloes, walnuts

meat and game:
beef, chicken, goose (wild), grouse, hare, mallard, mutton, partridge, pheasant, pork, rabbit, turkey, wood pigeon

fish and shellfish:
 cockles, cod, crab (brown and hen), hake, herring, lobster, mackerel, mussels, oysters (native and rock), prawns, scallops, sea bass, shrimp, sprats, squid, whiting

8 comments:

  1. What a cool idea to list the seasonal foods. I will have to keep this on hand. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. it's all good! And look at the autumn colour we're having this year.... I mean COME ON!!!

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  3. Hi Bridgett, thank you! I just find it handy to remember what's in season since it seasonal fruit and veg tend to be a bit cheaper (and I'm trying to be frugal!)and I suppose I am salving my conscience by reducing my carbon footprint and helping local farmers . . . though if I really want someone out of season I'm not always going to have enough strength of will to deny myself!

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  4. Hi Dom . . . bring it on! Spent last Sunday helping a friend film a short film about zombies in Camden . . . we spent most of the afternoon playing in the park, covering our zombies in leaves so they could rise up in a sinister, leaf falling kind of way . . . I felt like a kid again! :)

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  5. Deffo a good list as a reminder of what is in season now. The chicory is right up my street. Seriously, one of my neighbours grows them commercially. It is after all a Belgian invention. ;-D and I live off the stuff in winter.

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  6. This is my favourites time of year I love root vegetables and game.
    Sometimes if I'm feeling lazy I throw a selection of root vegetables in a tray and some shallots in their skins,roast in the oven with a nice free range chicken on top.Delicious and easy.

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  7. Agree with Dom on the colour front ... playing with zombies in the park sounds like great fun!!

    Had roasted carrots and beetroot today, yummmm!

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  8. I love winter veg too, although I think by February I am getting a bit bored! But parsnips and swede are lovely.

    I am still trying to get over my hatred of beetroot . . . maybe this will be the year . . . (I wouldn't put any money on it though!)

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