This month sees the official beginning of Autumn!
With the change in season, comes a new selection of fruit and vegetables. Here we feature the fruit and vegetable that are in their prime during September. This allows you to shop locally and fresh, reducing food miles and putting more money back into your local economy.
Blackberries are delicious at this time of year, and if you are lucky enough you will be able to forage some. There are plenty of walks around Cheshire that will feature a hedgerow brimming with this fantastic soft fruit. Just last weekend I made an apple and blackberry crumble, served with masses of custard. A real old favourite.
Another fruit often found in the hedgerow is the Sloe. More often than not used to make Sloe Gin. Mix one third of berries (they are best after the first frost), prick the skin and submerge in one third of gin and one third of sugar. Turn daily. This brew should be ready for the festive season or new year!
Runner beans and courgettes are also still in season, but be careful as they are coming to the end of their term for this year. Instead keep an eye open for marrows, they are fantastic to make into chutney, mixed with local cooking apples and onions, a jar will make an ideal gift for friends at Christmas.
Apples are currently in their prime and while you can, please make the effort to buy British.
We are also entering beetroot season, these are great to serve in salads, but my favourite way is to roast them. I peel them and par boil for 4-5 minutes, before covering in all and a light dusting of salt before booking them along with my roast potatoes, a wonderful additional to any traditional Sunday roast dinner.
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