August foods in season and what to cook with them
In August, reap the late-summer bumper crop of vegetables, gorge on stone fruit and berries and indulge in excellent seafood and prime cuts. Make the most of the warm weather by eating outdoors – there’s no better time to fire up the barbecue or head out for a picnic. Take a look at August’s best seasonal ingredients and the brilliant dishes to make with them.
It's peak season for salad ingredients such as beetroot, celery, spring onion, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and watercress, and the fields are packed full of juicy corn ready to be harvested. It's also one of the best months to cook with broad beans, green beans, runner beans and peas. While courgettes are still in season, make sure you seek out courgette flowers before the month is over.
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Game season in the UK starts on 12 August, also known as the Glorious Twelfth, with grouse, but you’ll also find wood pigeon and rabbit on menus at this time of year. New to cooking game birds? Check out our complete guide to cooking feathered game here. Beef and lamb (particularly the salt marsh variety) are also great for cooking on the barbecue, as are sausages and burgers.
There's an abundance of seafood to cook with in August. Catches of the month include plenty of oily and fatty fish that will benefit from grilling – think mackerel and sardines. Cod, salmon, hake, halibut, haddock and sea bream are also good. There’s also some luxurious shellfish fresh for the picking, including crab, prawns and queen scallops.
August is the month to enjoy all the stone fruit, like plump peaches, plums, apricots and the last of cherries, the proper way – with juices running down your arm. It's also time to make the most of the last of the summer berries and watermelon, while fruit like figs start coming into season. Start to look out for sweet blackberries on the supermarket shelves and in the hedgerows.
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