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August produce is nature's bounty. Heat-loving aubergines, courgettes, leeks and peas. Early apples, pears and plums are ready to be picked, and don't forget to make the most of other summer favourites including strawberries, cherries and raspberries.
With such an abundance of seasonal produce it's time to get in the kitchen and make the most of everything August has to offer. To give you a helping hand here are some seasonal recipe collections.
Venison has a flavour reminiscent of beef, but is richer and leaner. These handpicked recipes showcase it beautifully.
Grilled, roasted, stewed or spiced – we love cooking with lamb.
Packed with brain-boosting omega 3 fatty acids salmon is incredibly good for you and it doesn't taste half bad either. Here's some of our best salmon recipes to get your tastebuds going.
If you're going to splash out and have lobster, it's important to know what you are doing. We've rounded up our pick of dishes to help you get creative with crustaceans.
Mackerel is one of our favourite oily fish, plus it tastes great with these recipes, griddled, smoked or in a pâté.
Spinach is a great source of vitamins – and is a versatile ingredient in salads, pasta and pies.
Earthy, vibrant, good in cake. What's not to love about beetroot? Try these recipes, including Greek beef burger with beetroot salad, smoked salmon and beetroot carpaccio and chocolate beetroot cake.
Versatile, easy to grow and low in calories, there's more to the courgette than being a staple in ratatouille or vegetarian lasagne.
Leeks look like giant spring onions (they're from the same family), and they're also related to garlic. Their pungent flavour shines through.
Aubergines work brilliantly in all kinds of dishes – salads, stews or as part of a mezze platter. Find baba ganoush, classic moussaka and spicy stuffed aubergine recipes among our collection.
Love peas but never quite sure what to do with them? Serve them mushy with fish and chips, pureed with a little mint, or add to salads, pasta dishes or risottos. Alternatively, blitz them up and make a pea soup.
Chard is a useful and versatile vegetable. Sow the rainbow variety and marvel at the array of colours it produces. Enjoy its earthy taste and bright colours with these delicious recipes.
Broccoli has twice the vitamin C of an orange and as much calcium as whole milk. To keep those nutrients in lightly steam until the broccoli turns bright green and is still a little firm.
They're not currants, they're berries, and they're jam-packed full of goodness.
Make plum recipes when the fruits are at their best during the autumnal months. Try them sweet in a sponge cake or pudding or savoury in a sticky chicken with plums recipe.
Raspberries are the perfect mix of sweet and tart so celebrate them with these wonderful recipes.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and totally delicious. Whether they're in muffins, pancakes or served simply with a dollop of yoghurt these little blue beauties are a real treat!
Cherries are one of Britain's best-loved ingredients and are enjoying a well deserved revival. Celebrate this wonderful fruit with our favourite cherry recipes.
It's strawberry season, hallelujah, and our fresh strawberry recipes are sweet treats of loveliness.
One of autumn's many bounties, pears are endless in their uses. Our selection includes savoury and sweet ideas, including warm salad of pear, scallop and chorizo, rustic pear tart and poached pears in mulled wine.
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