Pears are a splendid autumn treat, and come in many different varieties and flavours. Try them in desserts, salads or with after dinner cheese.
• Try our Pear and almond traybake
Don’t be put off if you’ve only ever tried it soaked in vinegar – beetroot has a delicious, sweet flavour of its own, and goes great in salads.
• Try our Beetroot hummus
Turnips are rich in fibre, phosphorus and vitamin C. They’re great in the winter, when they’re normally more mature and tastier, with a sweet, slightly peppery taste.
Mashed, roasted or stewed, swedes make a delicious side dish, and go brilliantly with mashed potato.
• Try our Carrot and swede mash
The smooth exterior of a butternut squash hides a deliciously sweet flesh. It’s used in a range of dishes, from curries to stews. It even makes a delicious side dish for a Sunday Roast.
• Try our Galician stew with roasted butternut squash
'Tis the season to be jolly? No – 'tis the season of parsnips! Cheap and simple to prepare, their soft, slightly sweet flesh is the perfect accompaniment to any winter dish.
• Try our Parmesan parsnips
Celeriac may look ugly – but don’t be fooled! Its flesh has a delicate taste, similar to celery or parsley, with a slight nuttiness. It goes great with potatoes and garlic.
• Try our Celeriac puree
Unlike most green vegetables, kale is more abundant and flavourful during the coldest months of the year. It makes a great side dish and is delicious in soups.
• Try our Kale and green lentil soup
Leeks are a tasty ingredient for soups and stews. Go for medium sized ones, as larger leeks are more likely to be tough and woody.
• Try our Chicken, butter bean and leek pie