June In Season

Eat produce when it's at its best.

This months seasonal produce

Samphire, broad beans, gooseberries, cherries, strawberries and honey

Strawberries

Strawberries

A symbol of quintessential British summertime, Clarissa Hyman explores why these luscious, plump berries pip all fruit to the post when fresh and home-grown

Never mess with a strawberry. Unless it’s an Eton mess. But even then it is hard to improve on the simple paradisical perfection of strawberries and cream. Of course, we can’t help but mess it up a bit. The temptation when faced with a glut of juicy red berries is to fling them into tarts and cakes, compotes and puddings. I love strawberry fritters with crisp batter and firm but meltingly delicious fruit, decadent Strawberries Romanoff marinaded in orange juice and curacao liqueur, and delicate pink strawberry ice cream but I draw the line at avocado with strawberry sauce (so Eighties!) and strawberries with balsamic (so Nineties!), and remain unconvinced about the recipe for strawberry and peanut butter sandwiches I recently spotted in a book by a well-known television chef (sorry, it’s a texture thing, Hugh). Until fairly recently the best thing you could do with a strawberry...read more

Other seasonal produce

Gooseberries

With only a fleetingly short season, Helen Hokin urges us to make the most of this plump berry whose arrival is a sure sign that summer is here with recipes by Linda Tubby

They came to us in the 10th century from Normandy. The French weren’t sorry to send them our way. They’ve never really bothered with gooseberries; a fruit sauce to accompany mackerel being the most they could come up with in terms of their use. It’s fascinating, really, the number of...read more

Gooseberries

Cherries

Despite their fleetingly short season, Helen Hokin knows this delicious summer fruit is well worth the wait with recipes by Linda Tubby

In Japan, when the cherry blossom flowers it is cause for huge celebrations. People congregate for hanami or flower viewings and hold picnics and parties under the pink and white boughs during this beautiful but briefest of seasons, otherwise known as sakura. To the Japanese, the short cherry season...read more

Cherries

Samphire

To shun this salty sea vegetable, says Clarissa Hyman, is to miss out on a tasty and versatile local delicacy with recipes by Linda Tubby

‘Once described as the poor man’s asparagus, samphire isn’t just to be valued as a bonus giveaway from the fishmongers, but as a fine food in its own right’ Samphire, as my dear old mother might have said, looks like something the cat dragged in. Even if not actively suspicious about its...read more

Samphire

Gooseberries

Tart, juicy, and particularly well-suited to British climes, these little berries ignited a craze when they first arrived on our soils. Rosemary Barron predicts a return to favour with recipes by Linda Tubby

Aconnection between gooseberries, tulips, postage stamps and the Beatles may not be immediately obvious but it’s there: they have all, at some point in their existence, provoked mania. The gooseberry craze began in England in the late 18th century and quickly spread to its recently-forfeited...read more

Gooseberries

Honey

Bee colonies and honey stocks across the UK are under threat. Emma Baker examines how we can join the campaign to save our hives and encourage local producers of this essential food

Where would we be without our honey? Here in Britain, we’ve been using it since Roman times for everything from spreading on our morning toast and skincare to making candles and treating hay fever. Currently we get through 30,000 tonnes of the golden wonder foodstuff each year – but did you know...read more

Honey

Broad beans

Nothing conjures up the flavours of summer quite like the sight of crisp, green, freshly harvested British broad beans, ready for shelling. Alicia Miller explores the wonders of this ancient vegetable with recipes by Linda Tubby

If ever there was a welcome summer visitor to gardens and allotments up and down the country, then it’s the broad bean. It’s arrival is one of the British vegetable plot’s many ways of telling you that lazy sunny afternoons lie ahead. They may be spent podding these beloved beans but that...read more

Broad beans

Strawberries

The tennis is on, which can only mean one thing – British strawberry season. Clarissa Hyman celebrates the pretty berry’s return that signals the start of summer with recipes by Julz Beresford, Brian Glover, Annie Nichols and Rosemary Stark

The perfect strawberries are the ones in our memory. Sweet and pretty, they are the favourite fruit of childhood, recalled each year when the first English berries appear, the defending champion steps onto Centre Court at Wimbledon and the days are sunny and long once more. Once called the ‘fruit...read more

Strawberries

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