What's in season: October

Pumpkin 'Atlantic Giant' growing in October in the Kitchen Garden at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, we all enjoy tucking into warming dishes of food

Hearty stews, bakes and soups can all be made from the seasonal fruit and veg that you can harvest or buy at this time of year.

Whether you're a keen gardener or like to buy from farm shops, greengrocers and markets, you can get hold of lots of fresh fruit and veg during October. 

 

Vegetables to harvest or buy

  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage
  • Calabrese (often called broccoli in the shops)
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Chillies
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Kale
  • Kohl rabi
  • Leeks
  • Marrow
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions and shallots
  • Pak choi
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes (maincrop)
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Swede and turnip
  • Winter squash and pumpkins

Fruit to harvest or buy

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Quince
  • Autumn-fruiting raspberries 

This month we're talking about apples

While it's usual for supermarkets to offer a small range of apples, there are more than 7,000 different varieties suitable for eating, cooking and cider making. 

An apple is ready to pick when it comes away from the tree easily without having to be yanked. While early apple varieties need to be eaten right away, many of the ones harvested now will last well into winter if stored in a cool and dry place. 

Most apple trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated with pollen from the flowers of a different apple variety. The pollen is carried between trees by bees and other insects. So if you want plenty of fruit, grow two different varieties or make sure your neighbour has one growing no more than 18 metres away.

Harvesting in the garden

Be inspired by nature this Halloween

How to have a nature inspired Halloween 

Creating a spooky Halloween shouldn't have to have a frightening impact on the environment. Use seasonal veg to carve your way to fun decorations, then reuse the materials for delicious autumnal recipes.

October recipes

Get inspired