Food in season: December

It’s Chriiiiiiissstmaaassss.

Roy Wood, Wizzard

And so our year of seasonal food must come to an end. But not, may I add, without talking about its final month. Now, Christmas being Christmas, December’s ingredients have something of a festive feeling to them: turkey, goose, brussels sprouts, clementines and cranberries all feature. However, I would like to point out that they are festive because they happen to be in season at the right time, just as for my Australian cousins the smell of ripening mangos reminds them of Christmas. It’s all about what’s on hand locally at the time, and what is on hand locally at the time here can also be made into some satisfying winter salads to nourish the soul and cut through any rich food you may be eating.

Vegetables

Beetroot
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Jerusalem artichoke
Kale
Leek
Lettuce
Onions
Pak choi
Parsnip
Pumpkin
Radicchio
Salsify
Swede
Sweet potato
Turnip
Winter squash

Fish and seafood

Anchovies
Barramundi
Brill
Clams
Cockles
Coley
Crayfish
Dover sole
Haddock
Herrings
Langoustines
Mussels
Octopus
Oysters
Pollock
Razor clams
Red snapper
Sardines
Sea bass
Whiting

Fruit

Apple
Banana
Bramley apple
Clementine
Cranberry
Date
Grapefruit
Pear
Pomegranate
Quince

Meat and game

Duck
Goose
Grouse
Guinea fowl
Lamb
Pheasant
Pork
Chicken