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

We’re very lucky in the UK that it’s possible to find and eat locally-produced fresh food all year round. In March, the signs of Spring are upon us – daffodils showing their little yellow faces and temperatures slowly starting to rise. So what is in season in the UK in March? Read on to find out.

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What is in season in the UK in March – fruit

This is the only month of the whole year that there is actually no freshly-picked, seasonal UK fruit available! You can get some apples from store, but other than that, it’s a challenge!

Hopefully, if you’ve read some of our summer posts, you’ll still have some frozen summer fruits left in your freezer. But if not, know that there’s not long to wait until April, when the fruit selection picks up again!

What is in season in the UK in March – vegetables

The following vegetables are in season in the UK in March:
 
  • Artichokes (Jerusalem)
  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage (savoy) – end of the month
  • Celeriac
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes – middle of month
  • Red cabbage
  • Rhubarb (forced*)
  • Swede
  • Turnips
  • Wild garlic
 

*If you’re unfamiliar with the term “forced”, this is the practice of growing plants in the dark, sometimes with a little warmth, to replicate optimum conditions and encourage them to grow before they would usually grow outside. The true, field-grown rhubarb season actually begins next month so you don’t have long to wait for the non-forced version.

Fancy a different side dish for your Sunday roast? Try these crispy roasted Jerusalem artichokes. Yum!

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

Meat

As with fruit, British meat production is between seasons in March, so here is a little list of one seasonal meat that you can get:

  • Venison

 

Fish & seafood

  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Coley
  • Dover sole
  • Haddock
  • Monkfish
  • Mussels
  • Pollock
  • Sardines
  • Skate

If you’re in search of a comforting, tasty fish dish, this spaghetti with sardines could be just what you’re after.

More sustainable eating ideas

Now you’ve got your hands on all those seasonal ingredients, download the Ailuna app and take a dare to build some waste-free eating habits.

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