Carrots are such a versatile and delicious root vegetable and of course it’s especially easy to get hold of them in the autumn and winter months. Particularly during autumn you’ll find the sweetest ones which are great for cutting up into carrot sticks (do make the effort to do it yourself since they taste so much fresher than those pre-cut ones you can get from the supermarket) and grating for salads and side dishes. Carrot soup is also a great classic to make at this time of the year, and why not try throwing finely chopped carrots into your favourite pasta dishes for a hit of Vitamin A.
Another hearty root vegetable, the robust turnip is also a cheap vegetable that you can use in a whole variety of cooking from coups, to stews and roast vegetables. Mashed turnip is really delicious too and a great way to shake up your traditional mash; use it to top pies for change.
Once blackberries are by, apple is the number fruit that we associate with autumn. From crab-apples to cooking apples and of course your everyday eating apples, this fruit lends itself perfectly to both sweet and savoury dishes. From melt-in-the-mouth apple pie to meat stuffing, we can’t get enough of apples. Spend that little bit more on home-grown apples to really appreciate the flavour and to ensure they haven’t travelled half the world to get to you!
Tougher than spring onions yet still more fragrant than white onions, leeks are everywhere during the autumn months! Ideal in vegetable soups like potato and leek, they’re also great lightly fried or boiled. Slip them into pies and stews for a deliciously subtle onion flavour, or give a go at making your own chicken and leek pie that will be mouth-wateringly good.
The leafy green kale has enjoyed practically celebrity status over the last few years and is lauded as a health food. Happily, kale, unlike more exotic super-foods like goji berries, can be easily grown here, and as you may have already guessed, it is at its best in autumn. Marinade in lime juice overnight to soften it up or fry it with some onions for an instant health boost that is cheap and tastes delicious!