Nigel Slater’s autumn fruit and nut recipes

New apples, the last summer squash, early walnuts, late berries, and wild mushrooms – it’s a brilliant time to be in the kitchen

Sweet young mussels, crisp new season’s nuts, wild mushrooms, early apples and late berries – could there be a better time of the year to shop for food? This month’s recipes make the most of the early nuts – the fat cobnuts and sweet walnuts – and the last of the green-fleshed summer squashes. Wild mushrooms are cooked with sweet-flesh young birds and there are berries to use too – the late blackberries and autumn raspberries for adding to roast and sautéed meat and tucking into little homemade pies and tarts. The best ingredients of the season, splendidly yet simply, on a plate.

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