One of the ways we can be more sustainable and eco-friendly, as well as eating healthily, is by eating seasonally. There might not be as many fruits in December, but the veg crop is doing well here in Britain, and there’s quite a few foodstuffs we can choose from the shops that are grown locally.
With all of us watching our carbon footprint, we can be assured that the food that’s harvested in the UK hasn’t travelled over hundreds of miles by boat or plane, and if there’s a local greengrocers or farmers market in your town, which tends to sell produce from local farms, even better!
You can see here of some of December’s seasonal foods, and I’ve listed them all out below with a recipe for each I’ve found.
Apples – Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake
Beetroot – Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Quiche
Brussels sprouts – Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflower – Cauliflower Casserole
Celeriac – Celeriac Soup with Hazelnut and Sage Pesto
Celery – Apples and Celery Pasta Salad
Chestnuts – Italian Lentil and Chestnut Stew
Chicory – Casareccia Pasta With Chicory & Sausage
Horseradish – Horseradish mashed potatoes
Jerusalem artichoke – Grilled Chicken with Artichokes
Kohlrabi – Kohlrabi and Ham Gratin
Parsnips – Apple and Parsnip Soup
Swede – Swede and Coconut Daal
Wild mushrooms – Wild Mushroom and Venison Stroganoff
There’s lots more recipes you can find to make seasonal meals. Think Potato and Leek soup, mashed turnip and swede, and of course at Christmas I absolutely love Chestnut stuffing! I recommend browsing on Pinterest or Google.
To also be more sustainable, try and buy these fruit and vegetables individually rather than in bags. You can bring your own bags to put the produce in once you’ve weighed them, or Sainsburys sell reusable fruit and veg bags for 30p.
Happy cooking and baking!