Want to know what’s in season in November? Looking for November recipe ideas? Use crunchy, nutty celeriac, rich and gamey duck, and sweet leeks from your local greengrocer to make these seasonal dishes and bakes. We’ve included plenty of tips for how to shop for particular varieties, prepping guides and useful ideas for using leftovers.

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Celeriac

Derived from wild celery, celeriac is a large, bulbous root with thick skin. It also sometimes comes with a bunch of wild celery still attached (you can use this as you would celery). Its crunchy, nutty, creamy flesh makes it extremely versatile – use in curries, slaws, salads and soups. Check out more celeriac recipes here.

Curried celeriac

Celeriac works really well in this curry as the roasted cubes soak up the flavours of the spices. Serve with steamed rice for a warming vegan dinner.

A dish filled with cooked celeriac in a turmeric coconut milk sauce

Duck

With a rich, gamey flavour, duck can handle being paired with strong, punchy flavours. It has a thick layer of fat covering it that needs to be rendered, but this makes for delicious meat. The breast is best eaten medium or blushing pink inside; the legs should be slow-cooked or confited, as they do in France. Take a look at more duck recipes here.

Hoisin duck

Serve this sticky hoisin duck with vegetable fried rice for a speedy weeknight dinner to feed two. The secret to good fried rice is using cooked, fridge-cold rice. This gets crispy and fluffy without the worry of it overcooking, breaking down and becoming mushy.

A dark blue bowl filled with fried rice, peas and topped with slices of glazed pink duck

Dates

Dates are the fruit of date palms, which originate in the Middle East. The fruit grows in clusters at the top of the palms, more than 50 feet off the ground. They have an intense sweetness and mild fruitiness, making them great to use in both savoury and sweet dishes.

Peanut butter and date flapjacks

Turn a handful of storecupboard ingredients into an easy bake. Mixed seeds and a peanut butter drizzle make these flapjacks look impressive but they only need 10 minutes hands-on time.

A slate board topped with slices of golden oat flapjacks, drizzled with peanut butter

Leeks

From the same family as onions and garlic but with a sweeter flavour. Choose small or medium leeks, as larger ones tend to be a bit woody. Leeks are incredibly versatile and can be used in place of onions in most recipes – just remember to cook them well, as they can be raw-tasting and stringy if undercooked. Discover more leek recipes here.

Leek carbonara

The oniony kick of leeks adds a richness to classic carbonara. Freeze any left-over egg whites in a small sealed container – they defrost quickly and are handy for making a pavlova or Swiss meringue buttercream.

Two grey bowls filled with spaghetti, fried leeks and chunks of fried pancetta, topped with grated white cheese

Leek fritters

Softened leeks and cheddar cheese come together in these golden fritters – serve with a watercress salad for an easy veggie dinner, or top with avocado for a weekend brunch.

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A blue plate topped with two golden fritters, green leaves and a fork

Caramelised baby leeks with balsamic

The balsamic vinegar adds sweet and sour notes to the savoury, oniony depth of the baby leeks. Serve these alongside a simple roast chicken or fish.

A dark blue plate topped with small green leeks drizzled with a red balsamic dressing

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