With Autumn just around the corner, you now have the perfect opportunity to make the most of the seasonal vegetables! Eating vegetables which are in season means you can buy them locally and they hold more nutrients than those shipped from abroad (useful tip: for maximum nutrition, go organic!). If you have been growing your own even better, deservedly reap all the benefits from the Autumn vegetables you have sown. To help decide what you’re going to eat, we have compiled a list of our Top 5 Autumn vegetables. Enjoy!
With the nights coming in quicker and darker, what better to do then curl up with a delicious steamy bowl of homemade broccoli and stilton soup in the evening with your favourite TV show?! This hardy plant will withstand most conditions and will also add those vital greens to most dinner choices.
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Carrots are really one of those staple foods that can be added to absolutely everything! Ranging from Spaghetti Bolognese to Curry then from Lasagne to Sheppard’s Pie. They accompany chicken and beef perfectly plus they include lots of vitamins too (dependant on the way you cook them of course!) If you boil them, and then retain the cooking water to make stock/sauce, you are able to retain much of the lost nutrients this way too.
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Leeks are a lovely versatile Autumn vegetable that are nice and easy to grow. They are an easy ingredient that can be used in many dinners such as soups, pasta dishes, tarts and pies. Our favourite? Leek and Potato soup – perfect for cold office days or early nights!
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Parsnips are mostly included in Sunday roasts, with lashings on honey glazing on them to make them beautifully crisp and tasty. They can also be mashed or made into crisps and chips too! As well as soup of course, spotting a trend? These grow in a similar way to carrots so perfect to grow in the typical British winter…
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Tis the season to be jolly! (We know we shouldn’t talk about it yet) If you haven’t had the chance to grow any of the Autumn vegetables in this list, but want to present home grown spuds on your table spread for the feast on Christmas day, best go planting them now in order for them to be ready for the most exciting day of the year.
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We hope you found our autumn vegetable list useful, we would love to hear from you on Twitter or Facebook . If you have planted any already or have ever ended up with any interestingly shaped autumn vegetables from your ‘home grown’ patch, we’d love to hear from you!