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What’s In Season – December Seasonal Foods

December seasonal foods
Written by Amy

December is the start of winter here in the UK. Well technically. As far as I’m concerned winter started in October and we barely had an autumn. I’ve already been wearing leggings under my jeans; vests under my t-shirts and scarves indoors for the last month. In this season things hibernate (even me, as much as I can), everything dies and I don’t see daylight except on weekends. So it's hard to imagine that there are December seasonal foods. However, it turns out that some food still grows! Despite the climate’s best efforts. Here are the fruits and vegetables that are seasonal in December:

Fruit

Bramley Apples

Clementines

Cranberries (end of season)

Passion fruit

Pears

Pomegranate (coming into season)

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Vegetables

Beetroot

Brussels sprouts

Cauliflower (coming into season)

Celery

Celeriac

Kale

Leeks

Wild mushrooms

Parsnips

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Shallots

Swede

Turnip

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Seasonal foods December brussel sprouts
December seasonal foods cauliflower
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Seasonal foods December pumpkin
Seasonal foods December shallots
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Seasonal foods December turnip

Can you see the Christmas dinner foods coming in here? Turkey, duck and goose are also apparently “in season” along with venison and mussels, oysters and scallops. I guess that’s based on when those normally hatch / be born and how long they take to grow? I don’t really know.

For me though, I’m going to be spending December in South Africa. In fact, I arrived yesterday. It’s just moving into summer here. I’m so eager to be warm for a few weeks and to see daylight again! At this time of year in Scotland, it’s dark (and usually raining) when I get up and leave for work at 7:00am and it’s dark (and usually raining) when I leave work to come home at 4:30pm, so I am very much looking forward to seeing the sun for a while. Since they’re on the opposite season, South Africa will also have quite a different set of seasonal foods. Their fruit will be ripening and the vegetables that are growing now will be summer ones.

I love fresh, in season fruit, especially berries. We don’t grow a lot of it in the UK as we just don’t have the climate to ripen them. Most of our fruit is imported so another thing I’m excited about, along with the weather, is the fresh, juicy fruit I’ll get to eat while lying in the sun. Here's what's coming into season in South Africa in December. Try not to be too jealous!

Fruit

Apricots

Bananas

Blackberries

Cherries

Figs

Grapes

Guavas

Lemons

Litchis

Mangoes

Melon

Mulberries

Nectarines

Pawpaws or papayas

Peaches

Pineapples

Plums

Pomegranates

Prunes

Quinces

Raspberries

Strawberries

Sweet melon

Summer berries

Watermelon

Vegetables

Artichokes

Asparagus

Aubergines

Baby marrows

Beetroot

Chives

Corn

Green beans

Maize or corn on the cob

Patty pans

Radishes

Red onions

Rhubarb

Although Christmas in the sun will be strange as it’s my first one away from Scotland, there are so many benefits to missing a month of winter here and the food is definitely one of them.

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Did you find this article useful? Which of the seasonal foods did you try out? Let me know in the comments and feel free to share your favourite seasonal recipes.


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