December foods and recipes
Flavoursome winter vegetables help make festive recipes and food special this December
December means Christmas and it also means lots of wonderful food produce in the UK. Click on the links to find recipes you need for each December ingredient.
Apples, including Bramley, Braeburn, Discovery, Cox, Gala and Egremont Russet.
There are so many wonderful ways of cooking this fabulous root veg; think salads, soups and more.
Not just for Christmas, sprouts add bite to main courses.
Butternut squash adds an exotic feel to risotto, soups, curries and more.
Don't just boil cabbage! It's oh-so versatile.
Cake, soup, roulade and more carrot recipes
Cauliflower is perfect in bakes, as a classic cauliflower cheese and even roasted.
Throw celeriac in our chicken stew or make the fabulous celeriac and porcini mushroom soup.
Celery makes a great base for so many stews and soups
Use chard to add a wonderful green colour to pasta dishes, frittatas and more.
Chestnuts add a smooth yet nutty taste to risottos, pastas and cakes. They must be cooked before eating.
Similar to duck, goose gives you bigger portions and is just as tasty.
Grouse is a rich game bird which roams free in the north of the UK mainland. It's wonderful with raspberries.
Delicious roasted, this earthy root veg is well worth getting to know.
Leeks Perfect as a bed for roasted fish, leek is great in gratins and of course, in soups: leek and potato soup is a classic recipe.
Not just for salads, lettuce is a wonderful October ingredient that adds a freshness to so many dishes
Had mussels and frites and France and fancy making them yourself? It's easy!
The humble onion is more versatile than you may think - let it take centrestage and it will surprise you!
A real delicacy, oysters are loved by as many people as they are hated by! They offer a unique tasting experience which is well worth experiencing.
This green leaf veg is more fibrous than spinach and is perfect in stir fries Parsnips
Easy and quick to cook, young partridge is so tender.
Pears are a total pleasure in winter - and you can make some fabulous Christmas desserts with them.
Roasted pheasant is said by many to be far more flavoursome than chicken. Check our recipes to find how to cook it perfectly.
Pumpkin is in season in the UK all through winter - you can buy it cut into chunks if you can't deal with carving a pumpkin yourself. It's wonderful in stews, curries and soups.
Perfect in coleslaw, red cabbage is wonderful braised with apples, oranges and winter spices.
More fibrous and textured than other cabbages, savoy cabbage is a versatile winter leaf veg.
A versatile green veg that's great in stews and soups and it's perfect in frittata.
Swede is hearty, tasty vegetable that is well worth including in soups and stews.
A wonderful root vegetable with a sweet and slightly peppery taste.
Fresh walnuts are in season early in November.
Take advantage of the duck season to cook with the most succulent duck of the year.
Wild red and fallow deer are available in the UK in October and make for wonderfully warming dishes!
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