What's in Season - November

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November heralds the start of the cold weather; some surprisingly sunny days can turn to bitterly cold nights and frosty mornings with little warning. In the polytunnel I have picked the last of the tomatoes and chillies, most of the herbs have given in to the inevitable but my salad crop is as healthy now as it was in the middle of summer.

Cornet de Bordeaux

Crisp winter lettuce is one of the highlights of any kitchen garden at this time of year; itís a poke in the eye for the season, which decrees root vegetables as a daily diet. There are some quite spectacular ones to grow and eat, try some of the different endives for example with their red, white and green leaves to brighten up any salad border.

For game lovers November is the month to see the prices fall whilst the quality remains. Mushrooms have been a disaster this year; poor crops and inflated prices make one glad to have dried excess pickings at the start of the season.

From the sea there are good catches of sea bass, whiting and crab to be had, from the garden there are quinces, pears and apples for baking and poaching.


Sea Bass