There’s more to October than just Halloween and autumn leaves, it also features International Coffee Day, National Baking Week and National Curry Week; well that’s us sold…
These are interesting October facts and trivia for those born in the tenth month of the year.
- Tourmaline and opal are the official birthstones of October.
- The birth flower of October is the bright orange calendula, also known as the marigold.
- The star sign of everyone born in October is either a Libra or a Scorpio. Libras are born between 23 September to 22 October and Scorpios are born between 23 October to 21 November.
- Shakespeare never mentioned October in any of his plays or sonnets!
- Matt Damon, Julie Andrews, Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, Katy Perry, Julia Roberts and even Christopher Columbus were all born in October!
- In German and Dutch, October is called ‘Oktober’, in Italian it is ‘Ottobre’, in Turkish it is ‘Oketopa’ and in Korean it is ‘Siweol’.
- Babies born each year during October are thought to be very smart and are usually high achievers.
- October is the tenth month of the year and is the sixth of seven months to have 31 days.
- October and January always start on the same day of the week in common years. In leap years, October doesn’t start on the same day of the week as any other month. October and February also always end on the same week day!
In the UK, the clock is reset to one hour ahead of standard time when summer starts, and back to normal time when winter starts. So at 2.am on October 31st this year, you can see the clock jump back to 1.am like magic! And that means you will have one extra hour of sleep, isn’t it great?
It’s the start of a brand-new month, and there’s undoubtedly something special about seasonal ingredients and recipes when the time of year changes and there’s something new to try.
October ingredients lend themselves so well to comfort food when it’s cold and rainy, and my goodness we could all do with a little more comfort right now!
Seasonal eating has the potential to be more sustainable too, especially if it’s from somewhere nearby and it’s had some thought put into production methods, storage and transport.
Fruit in season in October
Apples, blackberries, figs, grapes, pears, plums, quinces, raspberries.
Nuts in season in October
Cobnuts and hazelnuts, sweet chestnuts, walnuts.
Vegetables in season in October
Aubergine, autumn cabbage (green, red), broccoli (calabrese, autumn sprouting), brussels sprouts, celeriac, celery, chard, chicory, chillies, courgettes, cucumber, endive, fennel (Florence), Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, marrow, pak choi, parsnips, peppers, pumpkins and winter squashes, radishes (summer, winter) spinach, spring onions, swedes, sweetcorn, sweet peppers, turnips, tomatoes, watercress.
Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.
Herbs in season in October
Chervil, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, lovage, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, summer savory, thyme, winter savory.
Always available: chives, coriander, parsley grown under cover; older leaves of hardy perennials like bay, rosemary, sage, thyme.
Dates for your diary:
1st October – International Coffee Day
1st October – World Vegetarian Day
2nd – 3rd October – National Brunch Weekend
4th – 10th October – National Curry Week
14th – 20th October – National Baking Week
14th – 19th October – National Chocolate Week
25th October – World Pasta Day
31st October – Halloween