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Thursday 3 October 2019

Some Foods In Season During October

What's in season in October

October brings Halloween, the changing of the clocks and plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Leafy kale and leeks can be added to healthy green soups and stews, while bright butternut squash adds colour to easy traybakes. Once you’ve carved your Halloween pumpkin try cooking with it too – roast in generous wedges or bake into sweet pumpkin pie. British apples and pears are also in season throughout October ...

Butternut squash 
Butternut squash is a member of the gourd family, along with pumpkins, melon and cucumber. It has a sweet, nutty taste and vibrant orange flesh. Look for squash that feel heavy for their size, with matte skin and a uniform beige-orange colouring. If stored in a cool, dry place, whole squash should keep for up to three months. 
Some recipes you may like to try:
Autumn Frittata with Butternut Squash and Spinach - more details here
Butternut Squash Soup with Chicken, Coconut and Ginger, a dairy free recipe - more details here
Pork and Squash Casserole, it's low carb and so easy - more details here

Apples are one of the UK's favourite fruits and with more than 3,000 different types of apples, we are truly spoilt for choice. Whether you love a Braeburn, Golden Delicious, or a Pink Lady, crisp apples are delicious when baked into pies, or topped with crumble ... and there are low carb recipes for this! 
Some recipes you may like to try:
Pork chops with apple, lime and mint butter, a LCHF recipe - more details here
Celeriac and Bramley Apple Soup - more details here
Apple Dump Cake, a low carb, grain free and gluten free recipe - more details here
Apple Crumble, the perfect Autumn dessert, made the lower carb way - more details here

This intensely flavoured member of the cabbage family has been cultivated for over 2,000 years and has long been popular in colder regions, thanks to its excellent resistance to frost. It's at its best between September and February. Fresh kale should be a vivid green colour with crisp, un-wilted leaves. Kale is well-known for its health-promoting qualities, including its nutrient density and antioxidant content. A cup (67 grams) of raw kale contains plenty of B vitamins, potassium, calcium and copper. It also fulfils your entire daily requirement for vitamins A, C and K. Due to its high amount of antioxidants, kale may also be beneficial in promoting heart health.

Some recipes you may like to try:
Kale and Spinach Soup, Vegan Style - more details here
Pumpkin, Kale and Goats' Cheese Frittata, it's low carb and gluten free - more details here
Crunchy kale crisps - more details here

Belonging to the squash family, the firm, sweet flesh of pumpkin works well in both savoury and sweet recipes such as pies, bakes and soups. Pumpkins are a low-calorie food with plenty of beneficial nutrients They’ve got more fibre than kale, more potassium than bananas, and are full of magnesium, manganese, and iron. Pumpkins are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Riboflavin.
Some recipes you may like to try:
Thai Pumpkin Soup, this recipe is LCHF and dairy free - more details here
Provencal Pumpkin Tian, lovely Autumn/Fall food - more details here
Pumpkin Spice Muffins, a low carb recipe - more details here
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, a low carb recipe - more details here
Pumpkin, Kale and Goats' Cheese Frittata, it's low carb and gluten free - more details here

Leeks are from the allium family like onions and garlic, but have a much sweeter, milder flavour. According to legend, seventh-century Welsh soldiers wore leeks in their hats to distinguish them from the enemy army. Ever since, the allium has been a Welsh national symbol. Choose leeks with bright green tops and trim the root and leaf tops before rinsing well to remove grit and soil.
Some recipes you may like to try:
Buttered Leeks - more details here
Crispy Chicken with creamy mushrooms and braised leeks - more details here
Sausages with tomato, leek and butter bean mash - more details here
Leek and Chorizo Frittata - more details here

Sweet and juicy, pears are wonderfully versatile – they're delicious eaten raw, poached or roasted, and can be used in an array of sweet and savoury dishes. Choose firm fruits with unblemished skins; don't be put off by any brown speckling, as this is normal. 
Some recipes you may like to try: 
Creamy pork & pear cassoulet - more details here
Cauliflower, Pear and Blue Cheese Soup, perfect for Autumn days - more details here
Low Carb Pear Cake - more details here

I wonder what would be your favourite from the above?
Mine would be apples, closely followed by leeks ... 

Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles, studies etc. plus recent news/views and recipe ideas within this blog, we hope something for everyone to read and enjoy ... but please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...there are lot of good things available now!

Valerie-Jael said...

These are all delicious, we are lucky to have so much choice. Valerie

Jeanie said...

Mine is apples but good squash is delicious and I have a killer Kale salad recipe!

Christine said...

I should get some pears thanks for the list.

Jean | said...

Jan, there's nothing on that list I don't love, so I should be a happy girl this month! I'll come back in a few days and check out more of those links.

sandy said...

yum ....pumpkin anything. All of them are good!

William Kendall said...

Apples for me.

Elephant's Child said...

Pumpkin. It wasn't served when I was a child because my father didn't like it. I am making up for lost time - and plan on pumpkin fritters this evening.

The Happy Whisk said...

I love, love, love, this time of year!

Lisabella Russo said...

Oh what wonderful seasonal foods and recipe links, thank you!

Rose said...

I could always eat pears, but now I just LOVE them and so does our Lorelei. I love a good apple...and would easily give $5 for a couple Jonalicious or a Blushing Golden. (Jonalicious...NOT Jonagold.)

happyone said...

We've been enjoying eating some nice crisp apples sitting on the front porch.
(Honey crisp)

Chris Lally said...

Great article and links, Jan. Thank you!
For me, leeks & squash:)

Pink Rose said...

Hi Jan i love veggies,especially roast pumpkin,hope our day is a good one Jan xx

Little Wandering Wren said...

Love pumpkin season! You have all my favourites in this post! Happy October
Wren x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I can't wait to get some fresh apples! I can't eat much at a time but I love the flavor of apples! Happy Fall!

My name is Erika. said...

These are the best foods. Yummy! Hugs-Erika

Sakuranko said...

Oh I love Pumpkin thanks for share this informative post

baili said...

all are my favorite dear Jan

leek were grown by my mom for years
nothing tastes better than home grown veggies :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Butternut squash, pumpkin, and pears. All favorites and all on my shopping list, too.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Pears Apples and pumpkin are some of my favorites. Great post, thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your day, happy weekend!

pam nash said...

Apples and pears. I truly believe pumpkins are good for Jack-o-lanterns and nada else!

J C said...

ALL of these will be on my table this fall, except the kale. I just cant seem to get there. Two tries, enough! :)

Jenn Jilks said...

It's a great harvest season!

Teresa said...

Todas me gustan. Las peras se terminaron en mi huerto. Besitos.

italiafinlandia said...

October is a very rich and fruitful month.
All the best!

Bob Bushell said...

The nicest of vegetables, love 'em.