Seasonal Food: If you eat 1 thing this month … August

Published on 31 Aug
3 min read

August signals the end of summer. It’s a busy month just before harvest and also getting things back in order for the academic year.

Everything is a bit hazy in August. The halycon days of June & July quickly pass us & we see the days getting slowly shorter & early signs on Autumn nipping us every now & then.

Apples ready to be harvested
The last of the summer means the start of British apples

August is generally the last time you can source fresh berries – although depending on what kind of summer we’ve had, you can continue to hunt until early Autumn when the bramble bushes are still bearing fruit.

Courgettes, often overlooked, are a fantastic food to enjoy during summertime.

Foods which contain a lot of water such as berries, cucumbers, courgettes & lettuce varieties are still popular & seasonal but we also begin to see the ripe fruits of Autumn beginning to show such as damsons, plums & beetroot.

Green Beans

There are so many varieties of beans and everyone has their own particular favourite. Classic runner beans to the more gourmet French beans, as well as traditional green beans, broad beans, string beans & mangetout all battle it out to be on the plates of late summer.

Green beans are delicious lightly steamed & added to dishes such as curry!

These beans are best enjoying cooked delicately, sometimes even steamed with garlic cloves and topped with a small lump of butter can really make them sing. They are delicious lightly blanched so they still retain their crunch for salads. Since veganism has become a popular trend, fresh beans have made a fashionable comeback. Once part of a traditional summer roast, the green bean has made its way into salsas, hummus & popular in seasonal soups.

Fun Facts

  • Green beans are a fantastic source of Folic Acid, fibre and the vitamins A,C & K. They are a super food for expectant mothers.
  • There are 2 types of beans – vine beans (which can grow up to 10 feet) or bush beans.
Sweet mangetout beans growing.
  • Green beans are not necessarily green. They come in an assortment of colours including yellow, black & purple.
  • Green beans are one of the most popular homegrown veg.
  • Every year there is a Green Bean Festival in Blairsville, Georgia.
  • Raw green beans can be toxic, but these toxins are released when the beans are cooked.
  • There are over 130 varieties of green beans.
You can even find multicoloured beans locally from growers such as Northumberland Green.

Other Foods in Season:

Enjoy the last of the summer berries & salads and take notice of the first arrivals of the autumnal basket starting to emerge on shelves. Other foods to enjoy in August include:

  • Beetroot
  • Aubergine
  • Chard
  • Blackberries

    Enjoy beetroots in late summer. They are great in so many dishes: sweet or savoury!
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Lamb
  • Plaice
  • Crab

Taste the Difference

When eating seasonally, see if you can taste the difference. We try to highlight local food & drink that is in season or preserved to be enjoyed during other seasons.

Punnet of berries
Savour the final sweet tastes of summer with the late berry crops.

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