Give your summer menu a little bit of a shakeup! Take a look at the fruit and vegetables that are in season right now, that’ll keep serving up fresh meals night after night…
Eat the Seasons: Summer
What’s in season now?
A menu focused on seasonal produce has never been so cool. But why is it so important to eat the freshest, most abundantly available produce there is? The answer is pretty simple – it’s better for everyone, from yourself to the farmers, and the planet as a whole. The less distance and time we put from the moment the vegetables are pulled from the ground to when they sit on our plates, means we are getting the best possible nutrition from our food, taking out the pesticides and preservatives.
Come summer, there’s the most colourful array of fruit and vegetables available to spruce up your al fresco lunches and suppers. Healthy, tasty and nutritious meals go far beyond your average summer salad…
Fruit & Veg in Season for July:
Artichoke, Aubergine, Beetroot, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Courgettes, Jersey Royal New Potatoes, Mangetout, Pak Choi, Lettuce & Salad Leaves, Radishes, Spinach, Watercress, Raspberries, Apricots, Peaches, Strawberries, Blueberries, Cherries, and many, many more.
Where to buy?
Although supermarkets are great and have become more organically conscious with places such as Whole Foods, the best way to ensure you’re getting the freshest of fresh is to head down to a farmers’ market. Country dwellers will be well aware of their closest market, but Londoners, fear not; there are plenty of options in town, too. These are some of the best:
Alexandra Palace Market
There is huge variety of fruit and veg, which is sourced from all over the country. Alexandra Palace Campsbourne School. Every Sunday from 10am-3pm. weareccfm.com
Marylebone Farmers’ Market
Quickest to get the new seasonal produce, you’ll be first to grab the just-in raspberries. Cramer Street Car Park. Every Sunday from 10am-2pm. lfm.org.uk
Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market
Full of fresh produce with a twist, this market possibly has the fanciest products around. Orange Square, Pimlico Road. Every Saturday from 9am-1pm. lfm.org.uk
This market is Britain’s best-known for a reason– with over 100 stalls, you’ll find everything you need and more. Southwark Street. Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. boroughmarket.org.uk
If you don’t have time to get down to the markets, Abel & Cole do some great seasonal fruit and veg boxes. They get delivered straight to your door and the best part is, there’s no guilt involved as it’s all locally sourced and organic! Check out their fab seasonal recipe ideas, too.
To help you get inspired by the produce that’s in season now, we’ve found a few recipes which will make sure you get the best out of the season’s produce.
This Gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free colourful salad bowl from Pollen + Grace will be sure to tickle your taste buds and make the most of the salad leaves and spinach that are in season – as well as upping your health game! Full recipe here
Most raspberries sold in the UK during the summer are grown in Scotland. Support homegrown farmers and enjoy their sweet, sharp flavour at the same time. Alex Mackay’s Raspberry Frozen Yoghurt recipe is just the ticket on a hot summer’s day! Find the full recipe here
Rachel Kelly’s Purple Risotto uses beetroot and goat’s cheese for this colourful, rooty and delicious dish. Full recipe here.
Feeling lazy? Try this recipe for raw butternut squash soup, which doesn’t even require an oven! Healthy, tasty and simple – just how it should be. Full recipe here.
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