Seasonal Shopping: Autumn
Summer might be ending, but it’s not all bad – autumn brings with it some of our favourite fruit and vegetables!
Shopping with the seasons has a fair few benefits, from the taste (ever noticed how strawberries you buy from the supermarket in winter just don’t taste as sweet?) to environmental impact.
If you’re lucky enough to have a market near you, it’s often easier to tell which fruit & veg are in season, but when supermarkets offer everything from starfruit to strawberries all year round, it can be trickier to keep track.
To make seasonal shopping a bit simpler, we’ve put together our top autumn produce, from apples to Halloween pumpkins.
Although apples are a year round staple of fruit bowls everywhere, many varieties are in season from late August onwards. Varieties like the Cox and Gala are in season from mid to late September.
An often overlooked and underrated berry, blackberries are in season from September and, combined with apples, make for maybe the best autumn dessert of all time: apple and blackberry crumble. Plus they’re a great source of fibre, and vitamins C and K.
A type of winter squash, the butternut squash is a great source of vitamin A. We blended it with other autumn and winter favourites to make our Sweet Potato, Pear, Squash & Beetroot pouch.
This vegetable might be a bit divisive but it’s important to introduce your little ones to a whole range of flavours when weaning – including bitter greens. They’re in season from October, so they’re not just for Christmas!
Another year round favourite that’s really an autumn veg (along with other root vegetables like turnips and parsnips, which you’ll find further down this list). Carrots contain vitamin A, which plays a role in supporting immunity, vision and skin health.
Brussels aren’t the only bitter green veg on the list. Kale contains more than your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, and is also a good source of vitamins A and C.
Another root vegetable (and a Christmas dinner must-have), parsnips are high in fibre and contain vitamin C. We blended them with two other autumn classics in our Carrot, Apple, Parsnip & Parsley pouch.
Pears are in season from September onwards, and while there’s over 3000 varieties worldwide, it’s probably the Conference pear that we’re most familiar with in the UK and Ireland. Most of the vitamin C in pears is found in their skin, which is also a source of fibre.
One of the most recognisable autumn vegetables thanks to Halloween, pumpkins deserve to be more than just decoration. Rich in vitamin A, just like butternut squash and carrots, and thanks to its orange colour, it also contains antioxidants like alpha- and beta-carotene.
To make it easier when you’re out and about shopping, you can find our handy seasonal shopping lists saved in the highlights on our Instagram!