Eating fruits and veggies when they are in season is beneficial for so many reasons; their abundance makes them cheaper to buy, the nutrient content is better when the product is fresh and there is a higher chance of you finding organic versions down your local farmers' market.
As summer draws to a close the British blackberry will be adorning hedgerows in full force, ready to be picked by little hands, munched on straight from the basket and home-baked into desserts. Blackberry picking brings fond childhood memories and the flavour is something spectacular; one that cannot be rivalled by the flavourless jumbo blackberries that you get in the supermarkets all year round.
The blackberry’s best friend is of course the great British cooking apple, which can be found in abundance on trees around the isle and is shared by the bagful amongst neighbours, friends and relatives. This perfect pairing is best enjoyed in pastry topped pies and of course crumble; the traditional warming autumnal dessert.
Enjoy the glut of apples, picked fresh from the tree and store them up for the winter ahead by stewing and freezing them. Our stewed apple recipe uses caramely coconut sugar and a hint of cinnamon as a healthier alternative to the traditional recipe and can be enjoyed in a plethora of sweet and savoury dishes. Try baking it into our Apple Sauce Autumn Pancakes, layering the warm sauce in between the pancakes and enjoying them sprinkled with cinnamon and maple syrup - heaven on an autumnal breakfast plate!
Autumn is equally well known for its abundance of rustic vegetables, perfect for roasting and enjoying with a hearty dinner. Potatoes, pumpkin and squash come into their own in autumn and are staples of a vegan diet due to their versatility. Enjoy them sprinkled with cumin, cinnamon and a dash of olive oil and roasted in the oven at 220°C for around 35 minutes. Serve with pasta and a side of freshly peeled corn-on-the-cob; a crisp, sweet autumnal flavour not to be beaten.
Take a look at all of the beautiful produce in season this autumn: