What's in season in December?

Updated on 03 December 2018

Seasonal December dishes

December is arguably one of the biggest months of the year for food-lovers with feasts and gatherings aplenty. Find inspiration for your cooking with our pick of December's seasonal produce.

Vegetables

December means greens in the shape of broccoli, cabbage, kale, leeks and sprouts. Cauliflower also comes into season during the month and there are plenty of root vegetables to cook with such as swede, beetroot, carrots, parsnips and salsify.

Don't forget maincrop and sweet potatoes as well as Jerusalem artichokes, wild mushrooms and winter truffles.

Try these dishes:

Comté and Brussels sprouts gratin

Kung pao roasted broccoli

Vegan pizza with lemon and Brussels sprouts

Moroccan-inspired sweet potatoes

Roasted purple sprouting broccoli (pictured)

Roasted sprouting broccoli
Gill Meller/loveFOOD

Meat

Turkey might steal the spotlight later this month, but it's not the only meat to consider. A plump, free-range chicken or rib of beef make excellent crowd-pleasing dinner party or Christmas alternatives, while goose, grouse, duck and venison are among the game options. This is also a great month to try rabbit dishes.

Roast turkey with traditional stuffing and cranberry sauce

Venison Wellington 

Roasted rib eye of beef with cracked black pepper

Leftover turkey burger with fig ketchup

Porchetta with dried peach and thyme (pictured)

Porchetta with dried peaches
The Art of the Larder/Quadrille

Seafood

Expect to see plenty of salmon and smoked salmon on the shelves this month, perfect for light starters or decadent festive breakfasts.

If you prefer shellfish, look out for lobster, clams, mussels, oysters and scallops. Other catches of the month include mackerel, lemon sole, hake, turbot and plaice.

Cheddar cheese soufflé with smoked salmon

New England clam chowder

Smoked mackerel, orange and beetroot salad

Spicy salmon quiche 

Turmeric and lime mussel broth (pictured)

Turmeric and lime mussel broth
Season/Chronicle Books

Fruit

It's a quiet month in the calendar for local British produce except for a few varieties of apples, like Braeburn and Pink Lady, and late season pears. But December is synonymous with imported bright-hued fruits: clementines, satsumas, tangerines and pomegranates.

If you've got a sweet tooth, this month brings plenty of opportunities for festive baking. Cranberries, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts are all in season too.

Carrot and walnut cake with cream cheese icing 

Apple tarts 

Spiced pear and apricot jam frangipane cake

Clementine and cardamom upside-down cake

Pomegranate passion cake (pictured)

Pomegranate passion cake
Zaitoun/Bloomsbury

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