What's in Season Now

What's in Season Now

What’s in season: October

At this time of year the fields around here are striped with big, fat golden pumpkins – a rather cheerful sight as the days draw in and light drains from the sky.

Only a few years ago pumpkins were mostly bought to be carved into Hallowe’en lanterns. All that has changed with pumpkin flesh being used as an ingredient in a whole swathe of comfort food dishes, from warming pumpkin soups and rib-sticking pumpkin risottos, to spicy pumpkin and chickpea curries or roasted with thyme and parmesan.

And, of course, pumpkin is so versatile it even works in cakes and pies. It is probably best known as the classic American pumpkin pie. Just like carrot, it can also be used to make a lovely moist cake, or something like a ginger and pumpkin teabread.

Fish and seafood:  clams, cod, coley, crab, dab, dover sole, grey mullet, gunard, haddock, halibut, hake, herring, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, oysters, pilchard, plaice, pollack, prawns, red mullet, salmon, sardines, sea bass (wild), sea bream, skate, squid, turbot, winkles

Fruit and nuts: apples, bilberries, blackberries, chestnuts, cob nuts, elderberries, medlar, pears, quince

Herbs: chives, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, thyme

Meat, poultry and game: beef, duck, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, lamb, mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, turkey, venison, wood pigeon

Vegetables: artichoke, beetroot, broccoli, butternut squash, celeriac, celery, chicory, chillies, fennel, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, marrow, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, rocket, runner beans, salisfy, shallots, swede, sweetcorn, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, wild mushrooms

To find out where you can find fresh, local, seasonal produce, use the search function on the homepage of our website www.hampshirefare.co.uk