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

One of the easiest ways to live more sustainably is to eat local, seasonal produce as much as you can. A lot of the supermarkets will mark their produce to show whether it was grown in the UK, and your local greengrocer should be able to tell you where they source their stock. So, even though the warm nights are becoming noticeably longer and chillier, there is still plenty of British produce on offer this month. Read on to find out what is in season in the UK in September.

box full of freshly-picked french beans in season in UK in September

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What is in season in the UK in September – fruit

You might think that the fact the weather is cooling down and our daily hours of sunlight are decreasing would mean that UK-grown fruit is becoming harder to come by. Don’t worry – this is not the case. If you’re interested in knowing which fruits are in season in the UK in September, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
 
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A list of some of the commercially-grown fruits that are in season in the UK in September:
 
  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Damsons
  • Elderberries
  • Plums
  • Pears (very start of season)
  • Raspberries
  • Redcurrants
  • Tomatoes

 

plums are in season in the uk in September

As it’s getting slightly cooler, September is a great time to try some warming recipes, like this plum and cinnamon cake or this spiced elderberry syrup.

Is your freezer full of fruit yet? 

If you’ve been following this series of seasonal UK produce posts, you’ll know we recommend freezing any extra fruits you have for use later in the year. By buying and freezing produce when it’s in season, you can build up some tasty ingredients for use later in the year. It can also help save money as in-season produce is often cheaper.

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

Many of the vegetables that were in season in August are still available in the UK in September – but look out for a few autumn classics like butternut squash making an appearance. Perfect timing for autumn soups!
  • Aubergines
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage (red, white & Savoy)
  • Carrots 
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • French and runner beans
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mangetout
  • Marrow
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweetcorn
  • Turnips
  • Wild mushrooms

 

butternut squash soup in a bowl with toast on the side

As we mentioned above, it wouldn’t be the start of autumn without soup! This Thai-inspired butternut squash and coconut soup is fragrant and spicy and is perfect for the slightly chillier evenings ahead. Serve with hot toast or try these really simple homemade croutons.

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

Meat

  • Beef
  • Game such as grouse, guinea fowl, partridge.
  • Lamb
  • Venison

 

Fish & seafood

  • Bream
  • Clams
  • Crab
  • Mackerel
  • Mussels
  • Plaice
  • Red Mullet
  • Scallops
  • Skate

 

For a fresh fish treat, try making your own version of fish & chip shop plaice and chips with this plaice and tartare sauce recipe. Pair with homemade chips made from seasonal British potatoes for a delicious dinner.

Your in-season food creations for September

We would love to see your seasonal meals and will share our favourites. 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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