People often associate winter with hearty vegetables like potatoes, carrots and parsnips, which are definitely at their best at this time of year if that is what you like. However, there are plenty of other options too. These include: butternut squash, cauliflower, beetroot, a variety of mushrooms, leeks and kale, to name just a few. You can cook up all kinds of veggie meals and snacks with these. Why not try a spicey butternut squash and cauliflower curry, a bowl of creamy mushroom soup or some fresh kale and beetroot crisps!
By November, the range of fruits available is definitely smaller, but there are still ways to make the most of local fruits and berries. All varieties of apples and pears are fantastic during the colder months; some are better for eating fresh, like cox apples, while some are best used in cooking, like bramleys, so have a browse. Blackberries are coming to an end soon, but you may still be able to find some. Cranberries are seasonal and they will help get you in the festive spirit! Have a go at using any combination of these in a pie or crumble, or try poaching pears in wine for a warming and sophisticated winter pud.
A lot of these will be available in the supermarket but, if you want to help local businesses, there are some fantastic market stalls and vendors in Newcastle that stock fresh produce. Grainger market is home to Bryan Muers & Son Quality Fruiters and Hutton & Oliver, so stop by for your fix of fruit and veg this November.