July – Food in Season

This month it should be possible to enjoy everything that makes a quintessential British summer.  Its time for another trip to pick your own, this time for raspberries and currants – red, white and black.  Pick enough to make summer pudding and jam for your cream teas.  Gooseberries should now also be sweet enough for desserts, and cherries, although in limited supply, can be found this month.  In warm, sheltered places it is even possible to grow peaches.  Edible flowers make salads and desserts look pretty but also provide unusual and evocative flavours – try scented geraniums, lavender, blackcurrant or peach leaves in desserts; nasturtiums in salads and deep-fried courgette flowers as a first course.

In the garden
Fruit
Raspberries
Currants: black, red and white
Dessert Gooseberries
Cherries
Peaches

Mulberries

Herbs
Lemon Verbena
Scented Geraniums
Lavender
Mint
Chives
Chervil
Tarragon
Coriander
Basil
Fennel
Salads
Lettuce
Beetroot
Cucumber
Spring onions

Vegetables
Courgettes
Green Beans
Bulb Fennel
In the wild
Marsh Samphire
Raspberries
Bilberries (end of the month)
Meadowsweet
Beasts of the Land
Meat & Game
Lamb
Rabbit
Chicken
More
Cheeses: Caerphilly, Single Gloucester
Beasts of River and Sea
Fish
Crayfish
John Dory
Crab
Sardines



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