June – Food in Season

If you don’t have your own garden this is the month to visit your nearest Pick-your-own.  They are mostly associated with strawberries, the season for which has been extended by growing them under cover in grow bags, but the true season for British strawberries, grown in open ground, begins in June.  Peas and Broad Beans are often also available on a pick-your-own basis, although you are not always allowed near them until they have already grown too large to be good.  Culinary gooseberries will also be available in June and make a wonderful sauce for Mackerel.  Don’t forget that the young leaves of some fruits, particularly blackcurrants and peaches, can also be used to flavour custards, ice creams and sorbets before the fruit itself is ready.

In the garden
Fruit
Strawberries
Culinary Gooseberries
Green Walnuts
Blackcurrant or Peach Leaves
Herbs
Mint
Lemon Verbena
Thyme
Tarragon
Dill
Parsley
Rosemary
Salads
Lettuce
Rocket
Spring onions
Vegetables
Peas
Broad Beans
Spinach
Carrots
Vine Leaves
Courgettes (late month)
In the wild
Elderflower (early in month)
Samphire
Beasts of the Land
Meat & Game
Lamb
More
Beasts of River and Sea
Fish
Crab
Mackerel
Sea Trout
Squid



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