I look up quite regularly what foods are in season as each season arrives. This is because when vegetables are a-plenty, they tend to be a lot cheaper. They’re also full of goodness, being naturally grown, rather than grown artificially. So I’ve been told. I also find that if we branch out with a new veg, we’re forced to try new recipes, sometimes they’re a hit, and sometimes my children spit the stuff out and eat a plate of back-up fishfingers. But it’s always worth a try. This month summer has arrived and we’re eating summer foods.
Fruit and vegetables which are in season this summer:
If you have a local farmers market near you, or farm shop, perhaps even a pick-your-own, then nip down there to see the fresh summer foods you can pick up on the above. Farms are stocking plenty and it’s a great way to support our local farmers (if it’s native to Britain of course). Farmers are wanting to sell as much of their produce off as possible, as waste understandably really grinds their gears, so you’re guaranteed to pick up a beautiful selection of foods at a great price.
Supermarkets are also stocking themselves up with the above, so you’ll notice some brilliant deals on summer foods as you roam their fruit and vegetables aisles. This is why things such as peaches are £1.50 for months in the supermarket, then they suddenly become £3. It’s a pain when you’ve developed a taste for the fruit. Because they’re not in season, the price shoots up as it’s more difficult and more expensive to source. So we only buy certain foods when they’re in season, we can’t afford to eat out of season!
Recipe ideas for Summer Foods:
- Peach Jam to use in a pie, on toast or in a cheesecake. Delicious!
Radish tastes great in it’s raw form, mixed with olive oil, fetta cheese, salad leaves and plenty of seasoning. It’s a light summery dish that you can all enjoy. Another simple meal would be a pesto and radish crostini.
Samphire is crisp and salty and blends well into most salads. A favourite salad of mine is samphire, smoked mackerel mixed with creme fraiche and lemon juice, broad beans, salad leaves, olive oil and lots of seasoning. It’s super simple and very tasty.
Gooseberry and elderflower tarts. This dessert is simple to make and very indulgent, maybe even worthy of an Instagram snap!
I’ve said it before, so I’ll be a little boring here and say it again. Roasted Aparagus, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with salt and Parmesan shavings. You can’t beat that as a side dish.
You could get creative with Spanish Melon and add it to a variety of salads, but it’s so tasty, it’s worth just cutting yourself a slice and nibbling away. Perfect for the picnic basket.
To make a plain lettuce a little more appealing, stuff it with fried bacon pieces, onion and creme fraice then sprinkle with salt and pepper. You may forget how healthy it is!
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