What’s in season in July?
With Wimbledon in full swing during July, it is impossible not to notice that the great British strawberry is in season right now. Nothing beats the delicious, juicy taste of a freshly-picked strawberry; however, there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables in season this month. With so much choice at this time of the year, July is one of the easiest months in which to eat seasonally.
Fruits in season in July
There is a huge variety of fresh fruit available in July, with many soft fruit coming into season. Raspberries, loganberries, blueberries and gooseberries are all ready to be picked and devoured; alternatively, they can be made into delicious jams and preserves.
Rhubarb is still very much in season and makes the perfect accompaniment to fresh mackerel, which is also in season during July. Cherries, another classic summertime favourite, make their seasonal appearance this month. A bowl of fresh cherries is one of those quintessential signs of the British summer, just like those strawberries at Wimbledon. Whilst they are delicious eaten fresh, cherries also make a brilliant ingredient; for example, they can be used in cherry jam, liqueurs, cakes and pies.
With so much delicious fruit available in July, it is the perfect time to get out the maslin pan and jars, find some new preserving recipes and rustle up some new jams, compotes and preserves.
Vegetables in season in July
Alongside all the fruit available in July, the vegetable season is really taking off this month. New potatoes finally arrive on our dinner plates, as do peas. These are both irresistible when cooked with some fresh mint straight from the garden.
Salad days are here again, as July sees many salad crops ready for the table. These include lettuce, celery, radish, cucumber, beetroot, mangetout, spring onions and rocket; in addition, those with a greenhouse may also be able to enjoy their first tomatoes of the year during July.
With so much produce available, it is easy to feel swamped. Just as with fruit, preserving can solve the issue of seasonal gluts and can provide a wide variety of tasty treats for months to come. All sorts of vegetables can go into chutney, including tomatoes, celery, courgettes, runner beans, onions, carrots and cauliflower. Piccalilli is another option and is perfect to spice up a ploughman’s lunch or a cheese platter.
Whether you eat July’s produce fresh from the garden or make preserves for the months ahead, there is no excuse not to indulge and enjoy all the tasty fruit and vegetables that are in season in July.