Seasonal September dishes

Updated on 30 August 2019

September foods in season and what to cook with them

As long hot summer days are replaced with cooler autumn nights, September also marks the start of the harvest season, offering large crops of fresh fruit and vegetables. It also brings the chance to prepare preserves, pickles and jams for winter and use up the last of the summer glut in pies, crumbles and soups. Here's what to look out for this month and the best recipes to try.

Vegetables

Autumn vegetables like parsnip, pumpkin and leeks are starting to make an appearance, but make sure you don't miss out on the last crop of summer salad leaves and watercress. It's also a good time to look for fresh fennel.

There still should be plenty of aubergines, courgettes, green beans, peas, runner beans, spinach and sweetcorn, as well as marrow which is at its best in September.

Wild mushrooms are plentiful this month and if you're not keen on foraging yourself, your farmers' market is sure to have an abundance of girolles, morels and chanterelles as well as truffles from across the Channel.

Socca with artichokes 

Mushroom and lentil shepherd's pie

Spiced corn, lentil and butternut squash chowder

Classic moussaka

Mushroom and cheese pie

Mushroom and cheese pie
The Little Swedish Kitchen/Michael Joseph

Meat

As game season is now in full swing, take the opportunity to cook with grouse, guinea fowl, wood pigeon and pheasant. Red meats such as venison are slowly making an appearance, while summer lamb is widely available.

If you're new to cooking with game, check out our complete guide to cooking the birds.

Classic Burmese pork curry

Parma ham and fennel pasta bake

Pot-roasted guinea fowl with wild mushrooms, prunes and thyme

Slow-cooked chicken with a crisp corn crust 

Stuffed shoulder of lamb with cockles 

Stuffed shoulder of lamb with cockles
The Really Quite Good British Cookbook/Nourish Books

Seafood

Indulge in shellfish, especially oysters, clams and crab, which are now back on the menu after a summer break. Fish at their best include halibut, cod, lemon sole and mackerel, as well as herring and sea bass.

Tangy seafood stew 

Smoked mackerel, orange and beetroot salad

Coconut fish curry 

New England clam chowder

Roast hake, samphire and tomato salad 

Roast hake, samphire and tomato salad
Sardine/Pavilion Books

Fruit

Apple and pear season is in full swing with English classics like Cox, Royal Gala and Bramley at their best. It's the last chance to make the most of summer peaches alongside an abundance of figs and plums.

September is also the best time to roll up your sleeves and venture outdoors, foraging for bilberries, redcurrants and elderberries.

Blueberry and honey cornbread

Apple and lemon sandwich cake

Apple and cheese spelt buns

Plum, blackberry and bay friand bake

Blackberry cake

Blackberry and coffee cake
Matty Matheson: A Cookbook/Abrams

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