Summer has started winding down, and we’re coasting smoothly into the cooler, crisp days of autumn. But what is in season in September?
Originating from Tuscany, this loose-leafed cabbage has a pleasant, tangy, almost bitter flavour with a sweet aftertaste. Its name translates as ‘black cabbage’ which is apt given its dark green leaves.
Cooked in the same way as kale or cabbage, this is a great alternative for anybody looking to broaden their veggie horizons!
A cabbage cultivar, kohlrabi is packed full of nutrients including potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium, as well as vitamins C, B-complex, A and K! As if that wasn’t enough, studies also show that Kohlrabi helps to boost energy levels, regulates blood pressure and even aids in weight loss.
The national vegetable of Wales. Legend has it that in 640AD, the Briton King Cadwallader and his men were engaged in battle with invading Saxons. To distinguish themselves from the enemy, the Welsh wore leeks in their hats – and subsequently gained a great victory over their opponents.
Other than being a brave choice of accessory when it comes to defeating your enemies, leeks also contain many flavanoid antioxidants and can help to reduce the level of enzymes in the liver.
If your memory of parsnips is that of boiled, overcooked, ‘white carrots’ your granny used to serve up, we’re here to tell you that there is another way! If you halve them (removing the woody centre), lay them flat on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and then brush with a mixture of honey and wholegrain mustard, you will have sweet, almost caramel-like parsnips that will change your life forever.
Sweetcorn is actually only naturally in season in September, so if you’re looking to line up with Mother Nature’s calendar then this is the month to get this gorgeous, yellow, jewel-like vegetable into your diet.
Rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals, corn is one of the healthiest veggies out there. It’s also much loved by children, so is a great way to introduce your little ones to healthy eating.
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