how to eat seasonally at christmas

Ah, Christmas… the season for food! Who doesn’t love all of the deliciousness that comes with the festivities of this holiday? For me, Christmas is a time to pull out all of the stops, and that includes what goes on in the kitchen too! I’m a foodie all day anyway, but Christmas is the perfect excuse to cook a little more often and enjoy slightly more indulgent treats than normal!

This does not mean, however, that we should forget the importance of, or abandon seasonal eating at this time of year. Actually, Christmas is even more delicious when the food’s you’re enjoying are in season! It just makes everything that little bit more special.

Since making the change to eating more seasonally, I have genuinely found that I get so much more enjoyment from the food that I’m eating and that each month really does provide us with new fruits (figuratively and literally). No longer am I buying my favourite things out of season, but rather making the most of when they are in season and preserving them when I can so that I can enjoy them later too. This simple change has made a huge difference to how I shop and how I eat, and that continues all through the Christmas period too!

To put it simply, seasonal eating is about buying and consuming fruits and vegetables that are currently growing. Of course, at Christmas time this seems like it might not be a lot, but everything has its own season, and each month has its own fruits. Strawberries are not meant for December and pumpkins are not harvested in the spring. Noticing this actually makes each time of year even more exciting as it makes times when certain produce are in season a lot more special. It is good to wait. You can find more happiness at Christmas, and in each month, by embracing what that time of year has to offer.

Let’s talk about seasonal eating at Christmas.

What’s available? The easiest way to see what’s in season at each time of year is to visit your local farmer’s market or farm shop. Most small farm shops only ever sell what’s currently available, making it incredibly easy for us to eat more seasonally Buying local produce also means we can rest assured that our fruits and vegetables haven’t been importance from far away countries, helping us to reduce our carbon footprints.

It’s also important, however, that we also know for ourselves what is in and out of season where we live. Christmas is right at the beginning of winter in the UK, which makes seasonal eating as hearty, cozy, and warming as it can get! Here’s an idea of some of the in-season fruits and vegetables you can enjoy over the Christmas period:

  • Apples
  • Beetroot
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Chestnuts
  • Clementines
  • Cranberries
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Pomegranates
  • Swede
  • Turnips

This is just a snippet of what’s available to us in December! Produce available in the winter, and around Christmas time, are hearty and festive, helping you to stay warm and full throughout the colder months. There’s something special about going to the farmer’s market and buying fresh cranberries, going home and making something special with them! You can make an event of anything! That’s what I find so great about seasonal eating (especially at Christmas) is that you savour the profits of each season so much more than you would otherwise.

Now, it’s as equally important that we know what’s NOT in season at this time of year is too:

  • Asparagus
  • Blackcurrants
  • Gooseberries
  • Lemons
  • Nectarines
  • New potatoes
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Spring greens
  • Strawberries
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomatoes

And the list goes on. Produce may seem like it’s limited, but I assure you that December still provides us with an abundance of its own fruits and vegetables! To find out what’s in season near you, I recommend looking for online resources – these can be found by searching ‘seasonal fruits and vegetables’ into your search engine and selecting your location. For you readers who live in the UK, here is one of the resources that I love using:

BBC GOOD FOOD SEASONALITY TABLE

Of course, anything that has been preserved from the earlier months of the year can still be enjoyed at Christmas time! Instead of buying fresh fruits, why not buy them tinned or dried? Or try preserving your own next year! I know I spent my September putting up as many different fruits and vegetables as I could from over the summer so that I can still enjoy them in the winter. Things like four fruit marmalade, fig & apple chutney , blackberry gin, tomato salsa, and apple jam to name a few.

NOW THAT WE’VE LEARNT A BIT ABOUT SEASONAL EATING AT CHRISTMAS TIME, WOULD YOU LIKE SOME RECIPES?

WELL YOU’RE IN LUCK! BECAUSE I HAVE AN EBOOK JUST FOR YOU!

A Simple Christmas is a collection of vegan recipes for the holiday season. This e-book is full of rich, warming, and simple foods to help you enjoy Christmas in a kind and stress-free way.

In 70+ pages, I share with you my favourite recipes to celebrate the yule tide and all of its flavours. This e-book takes your average recipe book and gives it a vegan twist, with a multitude of recipes ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to new seasonal dishes. You can look forward to simple and delicious recipes such as: Cosy Gingerbread Waffles, Frozen Berry Cinnamon Rolls, Winter Vegetable Wellington, Stollen for Snowy Days, and so much more!

It is our hope that, within these pages, we can help you to celebrate the holiday season in a simple and exciting way. Whether you’re completely new to veganism, have been vegan/vegetarian for a long time, or just want to try your hand at something different in the kitchen, we’re here to supply you with a multitude of vegan recipes to enjoy this Christmas.

Hearty, warming, and simple foods are the focus of this e-book. With our simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, we’ll help you to enjoy Christmas time in a kind and stress-free way. A Simple Christmas has been curated and developed to encourage new and already vegans to try their hands at vegan festive foods this holiday season. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade.

All of these recipes are vegan and have been well tested, so you can be sure of great results in the kitchen! We’ve also made sure that each recipe is as simple as possible, so you won’t be working away for hours over a complicated recipe method either!

Simple. Seasonal. Exciting.

That’s all there is to it.

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For more information on ‘A Simple Christmas’ you can visit THIS blog post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about our latest ebook. Hop on down to our Etsy shop to get your very own copy of ‘A Simple Christmas’ whilst its still on offer! We hope you love our recipes as much as we do and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

I hope that this blog post has provided you with some new ideas for how to enjoy Christmas time and all of the food that comes with it more seasonally, and that you’re now a little more aware of the importance of seasonal eating and how beneficial it can be!

If you have any questions, or if you try out any of my recipes, please feel free to contact me and I’ll try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make any of my recipes and decide to share, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful Christmas and a safe and warm winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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