What is in season in the UK in January? Eating local, seasonal produce all year

We’re very lucky in the UK that it’s possible to find and eat locally-produced fresh food all year round. Even in the middle of winter! Read on to find out what is in season in the UK in January.


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What is in season in the UK in January – fruit

Here are some of the fruits that are in season in the UK in January:

  • Apples
  • Clementines
  • Pears 


You’ll notice the list is a bit shorter than usual – and that’s because the weather does have more of an impact on fruit growing than on vegetables.

However, if you’ve read any of our previous seasonal food posts, you’ll remember that back in the summer, we recommended stocking your freezer with any surplus fruit so you’d have it available in future months. January might just be the time to start defrosting those summer berries and using them in a delicious winter/summer combination crumble! This recipe for pear and blackberry mini-crumbles look delicious. Grab the custard!

pears in season in january in a crumble with blackberries

If you’re interested in knowing more about freezing foods to avoid waste, The Full Freezer has a great free resource library and loads of useful tips to help you stay prepared and have plenty of tasty food “in stock” at all times.

What is in season in the UK in January – vegetables

As mentioned above, seasonal vegetables are a little easier to come across than fruit in January. So which vegetables are in season in the UK in January?
  • Beetroot
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Celeriac
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Red cabbage
  • Squash
  • Swede
  • Turnips
  • Winter squash

In our post last week, we mentioned this amazing squash, mushroom and chestnut Wellington. It’s billed as a Christmas centrepiece but I think it would be an amazing winter Sunday lunch option or for a dinner party.

christmas with impact - meat free wellington

Not sure what to do with turnips? how about whipping up traditional Scottish side dish “neeps and tatties” – which is traditionally served with haggis, but we think would go really well with the wellington above, too.

What’s in season in the UK in January – meat, fish & seafood.

The majority of British meats and fish are farmed year-round, but you’ll find better prices and quality by sticking to what’s in season.

Be careful to make sure that what you buy is sustainably-sourced as well as locally-produced, especially when fish is concerned. A good place to start is the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide. It’s also good to double-check what’s available as close to you as possible. This is because fish and seafood seasons can vary slightly depending on where in the UK you live.

Here’s what’s in season in the UK in January when it comes to meat, fish and seafood:


  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Hare
  • Pheasant
  • Venison


If a meat wellington is more your style than the mushroom one we mentioned earlier, Mary Berry’s venison wellington recipe could be a great seasonal option.

Fish & seafood

  • Bass
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Coley
  • Dover sole
  • Lemon sole
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Pollock
  • Scallops


Your in-season meals for January

As always, se would love to see your seasonal meals and will share our favourites.  To make sure we see them, either tag @ailunacommunity on Instagram or post in our Ailuna Community Facebook group for everyone to see!

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