What’s in season in August?
Another month has flown by, the children have broken up from school for the summer holidays and August has arrived. Let’s take a look at what’s in season this month and what creative things you can do in the kitchen with your August fruit and veg. If you already need ideas for entertaining the children during the holidays, perhaps a day in the kitchen would be fun? You could make jams and chutneys, fruit fools or simple fruit milkshakes.
Fruit in season in August
Looking first at what fruit is available in August, a number of berries are still going strong, including strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. These all make excellent jams if you have your maslin pan and jam jars at the ready. If you want to enjoy these berries straight away, consider an indulgent Eton mess for dessert. This wickedly scrumptious dish is simplicity itself to make – simply mix together smashed meringues, whipped cream and chopped strawberries, then chill before serving.
Also in season during August are Bramley apples. Bramleys make the most delicious apple sauce to serve with pork dishes, while the good old-fashioned apple crumble is everyone’s favourite. If you fancy making some preserves with your Bramley apples, try apple and onion chutney or apple and walnut chutney.
Vegetables in season in August
Moving on to vegetables, there is quite a selection of tasty treats in season now. Lettuce, cucumbers, radishes and carrots are all ready for picking in August, making it is easy to rustle up a healthy salad for supper rather than cooking a big meal on hot days. Cauliflower, marrow and red cabbage are also ready now and are perfect for pickling. Try making your own piccalilli, which is guaranteed to taste so much nicer than shop-bought piccalilli if you use in-season vegetables and fresh spices.
Red cabbage is perfect braised with apples and served as a side dish with pork; alternatively, try adding smoky bacon for a simple supper dish in its own right.
We couldn’t talk about what’s in season in August without mentioning the humble pea. Growing peas is highly recommended, if only for the simple pleasure of picking them, shelling them and eating them raw right there in the garden. Cooking Indian food at home is great fun for the whole family and rustling up an Indian pea chutney will create an awesome dish to serve with poppadoms, alongside mint raita and homemade mango chutney.
With so much August fruit and veg available, it is the perfect opportunity to get cooking.