August is the beginning of the most abundant time of year. The garden is at its most bountiful and it’s a great time to make batches of delicious soups and giant garden salads to serve to friends and family.

For me, I love the months that border a new season and it’s that exhilarating moment before autumn sets in that gives August its own uniqueness. There’s a sense of harvest in the air and thoughts lead to preserving and stocking up the larder although there’s none of the urgency of September.

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August Seasonal Food Guide

I’m on a quest to live and eat more seasonally. Part of that means eating fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season aka they’re ready for harvest and growing to their natural rhythms.

August Seasonal Food Guide

So, what’s in season in August?

Vegetables: Globe Artichokes, Aubergines, Chard, Beetroot,Broccoli (some varities) Broad Beans, Carrots, Cauliflower, Courgettes, French Beans,Cucumber,Fennel,Salsify, Swede,Sweetcorn, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Lamb’s lettuce, Cucumber,Onions, Pak Choi, Peas, Spring Onion, Swiss Chard. Potatoes, Purslane, Radishes, Rocket, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Tomatoes, Watercress, Runner beans.

Fruit:  Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Blackberries, Apples, Loganberries, Gooseberries(end of), Redcurrants, Raspberries, Whitecurrants, Raspberries, Worcesterberries, Wild Strawberries

Fungi and nuts: Chanterelles, Laetiporus (aka chicken of the woods-note always have a foraging expert with you when picking mushrooms), Tuber aestivum (aka Summer Truffle) Giant Puffballs,Oyster Mushrooms, Parasol Mushrooms, Horse and Field Mushrooms.

Fish and shellfish: Crab, Lobster, Scallops, Squid, Mackerel, Pollack, Sea Trout, Sea Bass, Trout, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Crayfish, Black Bream.

Wild greens and herbs: Horseradish root, Wild Garlic, Marsh Samphire.

Game: Red Grouse & Male Deer.


Seasonal Living

Ideas to make the most of August.

  • I’ve been loving the Spiralizer tool we got off Amazon! It’s fantastic way to use up a glut of courgettes-try a chill and mint dressing.
  • Cut and dry some herbs from the garden to use throughout the winter months.
  • If you have plenty of cucumbers growing in the garden or polytunnel then try a sweet pickled cucumber. It’s delicious and lasts for months. A perfect way to cheer up a gloomy winter lunch!
  • Make your store of redcurrant jelly now when the ruby berries are ripe and ready.
  • Celebrate the 12th August and source some Grouse for a Traditional Roast Grouse.

For a full seasonal eating guide then sign up below for my Seasonal Eating Guide below to receive a printable PDF!

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