British seasonal food is always delicious in June, with so many fresh ﬂavours and interesting ingredients ready to go. There’s everything from berries to baby vegetables and more besides, so it’s time to make the most of all the diversity on offer at the very start of the summery months.
Fruit in season in June:
Blackcurrants, cherries, gooseberries, raspberries, redcurrants, rhubarb, strawberries, tayberries.
Best imported seasonal fruit:
Apricots, melons (Charentais, cantaloupe, galia), honey mangoes, nectarines, peaches.
Vegetables in season in June:
Asparagus, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli (calabrese), carrots, chard, courgettes (baby, ﬂowers), cucumber, fennel (Florence), globe artichokes, green beans (French and runner), lettuce and other salad leaves, mangetout, new potatoes (including last Jersey Royals), onions (ﬁrst new season), peas, radishes, spinach, spring onions, summer cabbages, tomatoes, turnips, watercress.
Herbs in season in June:
Basil, chervil, chives, coriander, fennel, lovage, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, summer savory, tarragon, thyme.
Fish in season in June:
Seasonal ﬁsh varies greatly around the UK, but here is a rough guide to what’s on sale now.
Brill, brown shrimp, coley, Cornish sardine / pilchard, crab, crayﬁsh (signal), cuttleﬁsh, dab, ﬂounder, grey mullet, hake, langoustine, lobster, plaice, pollack, pouting, queen scallops, sea trout (and brown trout), tuna.
To the best of my knowledge, the list above excludes critically endangered ﬁsh. Visit The Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society to check their latest lists.
Fish in season in June, less sustainable:
Cod, haddock, mackerel, squid, whitebait, wild halibut, wild salmon.
Meat, poultry and game in season in June:
Lamb. [Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon.]
That’s my roundup. I know I’m craving some gorgeous bowls of salads! Let me know what you’re having, and don’t forget to tag us in pictures of anything you make @sarahcarolidesnutrition. Have a great month!