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

We would like to say that August in the UK is wall-to-wall sunshine. But in reality, there tends to be a lot of rain, too. This isn’t all bad, though. A mixture of warm and rainy days helps fruit trees and plants to flourish. So you can look forward to plenty of British fruity goodness.
 
Most supermarkets will label their UK-grown produce with a Union Flag or other symbol to make it easy to find. Alternatively, you could speak to your local greengrocer about where they source their produce. A lot of them will buy from growers as close to them as possible for maximum freshness, taste and eco-friendliness. A bonus is that greengrocers generally use less (or no) plastic compared with supermarkets. This is a lot more planet-friendly, which is always a plus point.
 
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A list of some of the commercially-grown fruits that are in season in the UK in August:
 
  • Apples – some early varieties
  • Blackberries 
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Damsons
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Redcurrants
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

redcurrants growing on a bush

 

A lot of these were also in season in June and July, but there are still plenty of recipe ideas out there for August’s seasonal fruits.

If you can get your hands on some damsons, this damson jam recipe is a great one to try. This is delicious on scones or your morning toast.
 
Or if blackberries are more your thing, this collection of blackberry recipes is a great source of inspiration. We like the look of the doughnuts!
 
To make the most of delicious British tomatoes, simplicity is key and this Greek salad recipe is quick, easy and reminds us of sunny days in a harbourside taverna on a Greek island. Bliss!
 

Don’t forget the freezer!

As is the case with most summer fruits, the majority of these will freeze well for use in cooking or juices and smoothies. So if you find yourself with a glut of in-season fruits in August, chop them up, freeze them and create some tasty dishes in the middle of winter, instead!

 

What is in season in the UK in August – vegetables.

August is another month with loads of choice when it comes to in-season vegetables. So what’s in season in August when it comes to British veg?
  • Aubergines
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Courgettes
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel
  • French and runner beans
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • New potatoes/beginning of maincrop potato season
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Red cabbage 
  • Spring onions
  • Summer squash
  • Sweetcorn

4 pea pods, one split open, on a wooden background

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:

Meat

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Rabbit
  • Venison

 

Fish & seafood

  • Mackerel
  • Monkfish
  • Mussels
  • Plaice
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Scallops
  • Silver mullet

a tray full of scallops, which are in season in the uk in August

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.

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