Buying seasonal vegetables is a fantastic way to be more environmentally friendly. Our winter guide to seasonal veg helps you to plan your gardening calendar and know what produce to look out for in the supermarket.
The winter typically spans between December through to February (although it’s not uncommon to still be experiencing cold spells and even snow in March!).
What Vegetables are Seasonal in the Winter?
Parsnips have a really long harvesting season in the UK that’s dependant upon when they’re planted. You can harvest them any time between August and March, making them the perfect seasonal winter vegetable. You can even lift them and store them in a trench in the garden during the winter.
We love them honey roasted, especially when paired with a delicious, rich gravy.
Again, spinach can be harvested almost all year around according to when it’s sown and planted, and the specific variety of spinach. Grow winter cultivars that can be picked any time between October and April.
There are loads of varieties of different cabbages, but winter cabbages (as the name would suggest!) can be harvested in the winter. You can also store winter cabbage in the fridge for several months!
Brussel sprouts are in season between October through to March — although every year in December they become a topic of national debate!
You can store brussel sprouts on the stalk in a cool, dry place until your ready to use them. If you take them of the stalk, then they’ll last a few days in the fridge.
Kale is a great vegetable that’s rich in fibre and antioxidants. It’s harvested in the coldest months, so makes a fantastic seasonal vegetable. It gets more bitter the longer it’s stored, so it’s often tastiest eaten fresh from the garden.
There are two varieties of turnips: baby turnips and winter turnips. While baby turnips are harvested in June and July, winter turnips can be harvested all year around, although they’re at their best between October and February.
Winter Storage Vegetables
There are some vegetables that can be harvested in summer or autumn and stored to eat through the winter.
Beetroot – Beetroot is harvested July-Nov, but can be stored for the winter. It can also be pickled in jars to ensure it keeps!
Celery – Celery is harvested up until the first few frosts so can be stored to get you through the beginning of winter.
Carrots – Late sown carrots can be harvested in October and stored in cool dark environment through the winter.
It’s great to eat seasonal vegetables to be environmentally friendly, but also because vegetables taste at their best the fresher they are!
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