A guide to British fruit and vegetables

Here is your guide to British fruit and vegetables, celebrating all the fantastic fruit and vegetables grown by British farmers.

Our interactive chart will help you find out when British fruit and veg is in season and available to buy. 

Use the month and fruit/veg filters to narrow your search and click on a food item to meet the grower or find out more information.

British growers use modern growing and harvesting technology, along with good storage conditions to enable us to eat some British crops, like carrots, cauliflowers, potatoes and apples all year. Some warmer climate crops such as aubergines and peppers can be available to buy in colder months because they're grown using glasshouse technology in a controlled microenvironment. Find out more about British horticulture here.

Download the seasonal guide as a poster

Last edited: 14 April 2021 at 13:51

Have your say

Countryside website team - 10/09/2020 10:24:38

Thank you for your feedback on a downloadable chart - we're very pleased to say that we have now added a link just above this chat area where you can download our seasonality guide. Thank you for your ongoing support and comments.

Connie Davis - 31/08/2020 13:35:04

Nothing nicer than eating the seasons fruits and vegs home grown in this country. I don't want runner beans from Kenya when I can buy those grown in my home county Worcestershire, why do I need asparagus from Peru? I can look forward to that which is grown locally and OK so I can't have it every month but that makes it all the more delicious when I do buy it! Supermarkets are responsible for the lack of British food, not the customer, because if there wasn't the range of out of season foreign fruits and veggies, we would be eating all our own!

Belinda Hurd - 28/08/2020 12:21:48

Love this - just for info, we grow and supply to retailers our British organic watercress 12 months of the year,(watercress is the most nutrient dense green vegetable available :)) not just the months on the chart.....just saying!!

M Thomson - 27/08/2020 12:01:35

Great idea, could it be updated to also reflect the Scottish season which can be later than England, so Cherries in August too and Blueberries in October.

ANNETTE THORNTON - 26/08/2020 10:06:33

It would be useful if supermarkets had an online section for British fruit and veg. Sainsburys just put apples from x or x or UK. You don't really know what you're buying.

C Milton - 25/08/2020 08:28:02

I do hope that seeing as we have had sooo long to get used to the idea of independence from the EU; that British Farmers have been making suitable adjustments to what they grow ? English Strawberries, Cherries etc have a far superior flavour.

Jeffrey r hodge - 24/08/2020 17:01:28

You used to be able to buy Guernsey and jersey tomato’s,all gone what happened there,there were seasonal flows of uk produced food ,when it had gone that was it ,now its from all over the world ,Peruvian ,asparagus ,sweetheart cabbage from Spain,tomatoes from Morocco ,the list is endless No I don’t want my strawberry pavlova on Christmas Day with fruit from New Zealand ,with all respect to New Zealand who when we joined EU we dropped likes red hot poker ,brought up in the 50,s lots of independents ,bakers ,butchers ,fish mongers and green grocers,I’ll stick with them!

Fran Wilde - 24/08/2020 13:22:27

Nice idea. Now some farmers are beginning to grow pulses and plants that are usually imported, such as chickpeas and coriander, which makes for more representative and contemporary British cooking

Brian Allen - 23/08/2020 16:47:36

Either you are totally discounting growing under glass or your chart is very much out of date. With the recent huge green houses being built it has been reported that we will be self sufficient in tomatoes and peppers grown all year round?

Graham metcalfe - 23/08/2020 16:45:31

we always buy British where possible i just wish British farmers would do the same when choosing some of their plant and vehicles

Belinda Coster - 23/08/2020 15:31:17

I agree, this should be on display in every shop selling fruit and veg. I Iike the idea of giving a copy to all the customers, and locally grown products should be clearly marked.

Linda - 23/08/2020 14:02:06

This would be such a good idea, to make a printable list for public use and a poster to display in shops & supermarkets. It would be a great boost for U.K. farmers to supply us with foodstuffs they can grow and supply all year round. It is time for a change in our consumerism and eating habits. To be able to buy fresh UK produced seasonable food, in quantities that we can use and hopefully reduce wastage would be a big step forward. to wean people away from buying out of season imported foodstuffs and to use our farmers for the produce they can grow and supply all year round.

Ruth Fryman - 23/08/2020 14:00:07

when I was growing up you could only buy seasonal veg. No cherries in December! It should be like that now so we can support British farms

RICHARD OFFER - 23/08/2020 13:52:48

Your psoter is useful but undersells wonderful English tomatoes. As you showed, Chris Wild sells tomatoes from March to November and Tomato Store even longer. The English tomatoes are tastier than the same sort of tomatoes sold in French supermarkets. They are a great British success story.

Janet - 23/08/2020 13:22:53

Agree with all of the above comments - a printable version would be great and yes, all supermarkets should display it. Wouldn't it be interesting if people could actually see the food miles their food has had to travel - and the time it has taken.....

Caroline Anderson - 05/07/2020 12:12:25

I certainly agree that a printable list would be of immense use for myself and others who are interested in buying fresh local produce

Barry Read - 26/06/2020 20:01:25

This chart should be as a poster in every supermarket (in the veg area) and carry the slogan, "name of supermarket, supports British vegetable growers"

Paul Roberts - 23/06/2020 22:45:01

Agree with others..... please make the list printable so we can print off and use.

Tony Wiseman - 23/06/2020 08:11:34

Totally agree with Andrew Maxwell. This needs to be in a printable format so we can keep it near our shopping list.

Diane - 22/06/2020 18:34:08

I agree. The table should be by fruit and veg in all supermarkets. Giving the consumer information of when we are buying british products and not imported

Andrew Maxwell - 22/06/2020 13:16:41

I would love this as a print-out-able guide i can, er, print, and put on mu cupboard door.

Eileen R Sargeant - 22/06/2020 11:58:34

Brilliant interactive guide. As all food seems to be in the shops at all times these days, I had forgotten the true British seasons. As a child in England you could only buy what was in season (No fresh food imports of what could be home grown in those days)

Jenny Stevens - 22/06/2020 09:30:57

Shame I cannot either print or save to 'books' the whole table only a snapshot of the page, screen shot, showing.

Gary Mercer - 22/06/2020 08:57:52

Do you have the seasonal Fruit & Veg guide as a PDF - I would like to print it to give to our customers , Regards Gary

Mrs. Sandra Brooks - 22/06/2020 08:28:11

Keep up with the good work & high quality that is there at the moment.

Tracy whelan - 21/06/2020 23:04:56

We need to invest in our British farmers and eat crops from our own land.

Lesley Draffen - 21/06/2020 16:42:03

I should very much like to know which fruit and vegetables I should be buying every month.

Dawn Waterhouse - 21/06/2020 15:11:05

Thank you, what an awesome resource. It is a really useful chart, and I would love to print it off to pin to my fridge to help with seasonal eating, however, the print option is to print what you see, not to print the whole chart. I would love to hear from you.

Paquita - 21/06/2020 14:13:49

I would and do buy British fruit and veg when in season. The season chart is very handy. As a vegan I do eat plenty of fruit ‘n’ veg. On British holidays I look for local grown produce -delicious. I want our food standards to be of the highest possible, so no USA imported chickens & meat produce chlorinated or otherwise. Our best and respected farmers in UK do keep animal hygiene at a high level, some don’t and they will always be exposed sooner or later. Back British Farmers.

Hugh Marcus - 21/06/2020 14:00:49

It should be mandatory for this guide should be displayed next to the fruit & veg displays in supermarkets, so that the public can see that the stuff they're about to buy is 'out of season'

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