What is in season in the UK in December? Eating local, seasonal produce all year

It’s definitely winter now, and many people believe that the cold weather means a lack of UK-grown produce. But luckily,  it’s possible to eat locally-produced food all year round, you just need to know what to look for. So what is in season in the UK in December?

sprouts are in season in the uk in december

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What is in season in the UK in December – fruit

The list of UK-grown fruit that’s available in December isn’t quite as long as in the warmer months. But there is still plenty of choice, all ready for a festive dessert or a mid-afternoon snack.

Here are some of the fruits that are in season in the UK in December:
 
  • Apples
  • Clementines (beginning of season)
  • Cranberries
  • Pears 

 

For a festive drink by the fire, we love the look of these clemetine martinis. Or, if you’re not a drinker, how about this clementine drizzle cake?

What is in season in the UK in December – vegetables

Seasonal vegetables in the UK in December are plentiful, delicious and all ready for your festive lunch! Most of these are perfect drizzled in olive oil and roasted, but check below this list for more Christmassy recipe ideas.
 
So what’s in season in the UK in December?
 
  • Beetroot
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Celeriac
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Red cabbage
  • Swede
  • Turnips
  • Winter squash

 

We simply can’t do a post in December without talking about sprouts. They’ve got a bad reputation, but done right they can be an incredible addition to your Christmas lunch. Have a look at these alternative sprout preparation ideas for some ideas.  The Marmite butter idea has got us all intrigued and excited!

seasonal brussels sprouts in Marmite

What’s in season in the UK in December – 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 December when it comes to meat, fish and seafood:

Meat

  • Goose
  • Hare
  • Pheasant
  • Turkey
  • Wild duck

 

Fish & seafood

  • Bass
  • Brill
  • Clams
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Scallops
  • Skate

sea bass in is season in the UK in December

This simple roasted sea bass fillet could be just the ticket on Boxing Day with your leftover Christmas roast potatoes and sprouts, or some fresh wilted spinach on the side. 

Your in-season festive food creations for December

We would love to see your seasonal meals and will share our favourites. We’re especially excited to see what seasonal delights will be on your Christmas table this year. To make sure we see them, either tag @ailunacommunity on Instagram or post in our Ailuna Community Facebook group for everyone to see!
 

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