SEASONAL FOOD IN JUNE

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At the end of every month I will be posting a list of food coming in to season for the coming month. I think June is an ideal month to start this off with as many of my favorite fruit and veg are in season. I will be posting information on my fave fruit and veg however there is a lot more in season than those mentioned in my post, check out this link http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/seasonal-calendar/all if you want to find out more. I’ll also be including recipes where you can use the ingredients. I’m hoping this challenge will encourage me to use more in season food and will also give you some ideas on how to use them and encourage you to take advantage of what is in season. If you have any requests/suggestions of what recipes you would like to see, please feel free to comment below.

  • STRAWBERRIES  Strawberries are reaching there peak in June and are in season until early September. The perfect place I love to get Strawberries is a fruit picking farm. Some of my favorite childhood memories are walking round the fruit farm picking strawberries with my grandparents and eating more strawberries than what I put in the basket. SUGGESTION: Strawberry jam is ideal to make with the strawberries. TIP: Never wash your strawberries before putting them in the fridge as this will cause them to go soggy, and nobody likes a soggy strawberry. 
  • RASPBERRIES These are in season for the same amount of time as Strawberries and are also available at fruit picking farms. SUGGESTION: Make a summer fruit crumble using strawberries, and other delicious berries. TIP: Raspberries are very delicate therefore try to avoid washing them as the stream of water from the tap can cause them to disintegrate, if they need cleaned pat them with a damp tissue.
  • WATERMELON – It comes in to season mid-June until late August . The flesh of the melon is deliciously crisp, sweet and refreshing, making it the ideal fruit to indulge on in the summer months. SUGGESTION:  I love to eat frozen watermelon in the summer as a healthier version to an ice lolly. It also tastes great added to a feta cheese salad as it helps to cut through the saltiness and richness of the feta. TIP: When buying cut watermelon look out for the ones with the brightly coloured flesh and black seeds as opposed to the little white ones, as these will have the best flavour. 
  • RHUBARB – This will actually be out of going out of season this month, so there is only a small amount of time left to take advantage of this tart fruit. I have very fond memories of my grandfather growing this in his garden, stewing it in a pan with loads of sugar and me sitting down to eat it with loads of custard, yum heaven!!! SUGGESTION : You can eat this stewed with custard or if you want to try something different make a rhubarb upside-down cake. TIP: Keep the leaves on the rhubarb until your ready to eat it as this will help it to stay fresh, you need to ideally eat rhubarb within 2 days as it can wilt quickly.
  • APRICOTS – These are in season until September. I love Apricots fresh and dried. Dried apricots are a perfect healthy on the go snack. SUGGESTIONAn apricot butter cake is ideal for an afternoon treat if you have friends coming over. TIPAn apricots colour isn’t always a good guide to flavour however stay away from very pale ones. 
  • MINT – This lovely herb is in season from May till September. I love mint as its so versatile and easy to use. I love to add it to black tea when i’m in the mood for something different instead of the traditional milky tea. SUGGESTION: You can make a nice summary drink like a mojito with mint or make minted peas as a nice side dish when having a BBQ. TIP: Store in a plastic sealed bag in the fridge for up to 3 days. The little leaves at the top of the sprig are the sweetest.  
  • NEW POTATOES  These delicious little potatoes are in season from April till July. The great thing about new potatoes is you can eat them hot or cold, and even better they are hassle free because you don’t have to peel them, just rinse any dirt away and cook whole. SUGGESTION: I love to make potato salad with my new potatoes, it’s always been a staple dish at BBQ’s in my family. For something different you could make crispy new potatoes instead of chips as a side dish. TIP: Unwashed potatoes last longer as the dirt protects them from being bruised. 
  • AUBERGINE  Aubergines are actually a fruit and are from the berry family. They are in season between late May till October. When buying aubergines make sure to pick the firm glossy ones. They are perfect for vegetarians as they have quite a meaty taste. I however am not a fan of Aubergines however they are a staple in my house as my husband loves them.  SUGGESTION: The most common dish made with Aubergines is a moussaka however I normally stuff them with mince, tomatoes and parsley and cook in the oven. If you would like to see a recipe let me know in the comments below. TIP: To prevent any discoloration cut your aubergines just before cooking. 

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