What is in season in the UK in August? Eating local, seasonal produce all year
One of the easiest ways to reduce your impact on the planet is to eat seasonal, local produce as much as possible. But what is in season in the UK in August? Read on to find out.
UK produced food is abundant in August, making it a lot easier than it is in some of the cooler months to eat local food. It can also help your wallet, as locally-grown produce is usually cheaper than imported products.
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What is in season in the UK in August – fruit
- Apples – some early varieties
Don’t forget the freezer!
What is in season in the UK in August – vegetables.
- Broad beans
- French and runner beans
- New potatoes/beginning of maincrop potato season
- Red cabbage
- Spring onions
- Summer squash
Looking for some recipe inspiration to use some of these amazing August seasonal vegetables? We love these spiced sweetcorn and courgette fritters, which can easily be adapted for non-dairy and egg eaters by using dairy-free yoghurt and simply omitting the eggs. If you don’t or can’t eat gluten, just swap the plain flour for any gluten-free flour.
What’s in season in the UK in August – meat, fish & seafood.
The majority of British meats and fish are farmed year-round, but you’ll find better prices and quality by sticking to what’s in season.
Be careful to make sure that what you buy is sustainably-sourced as well as locally-produced, especially when fish is concerned. A good place to start is the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide. It’s also good to double-check what’s available as close to you as possible. This is because fish and seafood seasons can vary slightly depending on where in the UK you live.
Here’s what’s in season in the UK in August when it comes to meat, fish and seafood:
Fish & seafood
- Silver mullet
For a light, summery seafood dish, try these scallops with pea puree. Easily made pescetarian-friendly by using vegetable stock instead of chicken and the perfect starter for a summer dinner party. Oh, and the peas are in season, too!
UK seasonal food challenge for August
We’d love for you to use this list of what’s in season in the UK in August and join the Ailuna seasonal meal planning challenge. We run it every month so why not start with August and work your way through the rest of the year with us?
How to take part: Write a meal plan for every week in August, and include at least one seasonal item in each meal.
Meal planning also has the advantage of making sure you only shop for what you need, reducing food waste and making your footprint on the planet even smaller.