Pick of the Crop – November

It’s great to eat seasonal foods, not only because they are traditional for the time of year that they are grown, but because seasonal produce tastes better, it’s cheaper, and it’s better for the environment. It’s also great for our economy; if we all eat fruit and vegetables grown in the UK, in season, and by local farmers then we will be consuming fewer produce flown hundreds of miles around the world!

This is my pick of the crop from November’s seasonal produce, along with some tips on how to eat it.

Veggie of the month

As the cold, dark nights are drawing in, what better way to warm up than with one of autumn and winter’s best comfort foods: parsnips.

These pale carrot-looking veggies have such a delicious taste to them and can be used in a number of ways, like livening up a boring mash, as a warming soup, or even as chips! You could use the mash to top any of your favourite potato pie dishes – shepherd’s pie for example. Serve them roasted as a side dish with your Sunday roast. Personally I always have them roasted with carrots and a drizzle of honey for a side on Christmas day.

A good source of vitamin C, folate and fibre they are a good staple for your hibernation diet!

Here are just a few recipes you could use parsnips for:

Spicy roasted parsnip soup: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3198/spicy-roasted-parsnip-soup
Parsnip mash: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/97602/parsnip-mash
Crunch coated parsnip chips: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2390642/crunch-coated-parsnip-chips

Fruit of the month

With all the winter colds coming in, give your immune system a boost with some vitamin C laden satsumas. 
These are great as a quick snack, as they’re easy to peel and lovely and juicy. They are delicious in fruit salads, adding a little burst of citrus flavour, and they are definitely a good children’s lunchbox filler. 
Apparently, in the war satsumas were hard to come by and were only given as a Christmas treat, hence the tradition of a satsuma in your Christmas stocking!

References:

  1. Eat Seasonably, 2012. What’s this about? [Online] Available at: http://eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now/what-is-this-about/ [Accessed 1st November 2012]
  2. World Cancer Research Fund, 2012. What’s in Season? [Online] Available at: http://www.wcrf-uk.org/cancer_prevention/health_tools/what_is_in_season_detail.php?recid=18&N=Parsnip [Accessed 1st November 2012]
  3. World Cancer Research Fund, 2012. What’s in Season? [Online] Available at: http://www.wcrf-uk.org/cancer_prevention/health_tools/what_is_in_season_detail.php?recid=50&N=Satsumas [Accessed 1st November 2012]
  4. BBC Good Food: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/

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