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Thursday, 18 June 2009

What's in season?

Having purchased some beautifully sweet and ripe English cherries early this week it gave me the inspiration to investigate what other food items might be in season over June and July in the UK. I found among these listing some nutty baby turnips and soft green gooseberries as well as some superb salad leaves.

What’s in season?

June

Asparagus
Aubergines
Beetroot
Early carrots
Cauliflower
Chanterelle mushrooms
Lettuces: Batavia: Cos: Little Gem:Iceberg: Lollo Rosso: Oakleaf.
Nettles
New Potatoes
Onions
Pea shoots
Peas: garden, mangetout: sugarsnaps
Radishes
Sorrel
Spinach
Spring Onions
Turnips (baby)
Watercress.
Herbs
Borage
Chervil
Coriander
Garlic
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme
Fruits, nuts and honey.
Cherries
Elderflowers
Gooseberries
Honey
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Walnuts

Fish and Seafood
Cod
Coley
Crabs
Haddock
Langoustines
Lobster
Plaice
Pollack
River trout – wild brown – rainbow
Sea bream – wild
Sea trout – wild
Squid
Whelks
Whiting

Meat, Game and Poultry

Lamb
Wild rabbit
Turkey – free range
Wood pigeon

July
Broad beans
Carrots (main crop)
Courgettes (long and ball)
Courgette flowers.
Cucumbers
Fennel
French beans
Globe artichokes
Kohl rabi
Potatoes (main crop)
Patty pan squash
Purple kidney beans
Radishes
Rocket lettuce
Samphire
Sorrell
Spinach
Spring Onions
Swiss chard
Watercress
Waxpod beans

Herbs

Basil
Borage
Chervil
Coriander
Dill
Garlic
Oregano
Mint
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme
Wild fennel

Fruits, nuts and honey.

Apricots
Blackcurrants
Cherries
Gooseberries
Honey
Loganberries
Raspberries
Redcurrants
Whitecurrants

Fish and seafood

Brown shrimp
Cod
Coley
Cornish sardines
Crab
Dab
Dover sole
Haddock
Langoustines
Plaice
Pollack
Squid

Meat, game and poultry

Lamb
Wild rabbit
Free range turkey
Wood pigeons.

11 comments:

Dean said...

Thank you for the lists, I have just spent 10 minutes or so picking ingredients out for meals in my mind.
I see you also have Pollack listed and not Colin as it is now to be refered as the British housewifes were too embarrased to ask for it, I will be hanging around the fish market waiting for the inevitable as people ask for Colan (as it is supposed to be pronounced) or Colin colon and other humourous variations.

Gail's Man said...

Well that's lunch and dinner sorted. I just want you to come round and cook it for me!

StGeorgeOfEngland said...

Re-naming a fish 'Colin' is a load of Pollacks!

Athina said...

...and the fish could also have a surname - Firth. :)

Not Waving but Drowning said...

Living in France we have little option but to eat in season.

Sometimes though I really long to be able to nip to Waitrose and get a melon in December.

GG

feasting-on-pixels (terrie) said...

Cool list...much different than
what is in season locally here during your times.
But it was really fun to read
and choose a menu.
Nice work, Phil.

French Fancy said...

Hello again my friend. Sorry it's taken me a while to return to your blog but I have tried and each time got one of those annoying 'server not connected' messages. It seems they did not want us to communicate :) - still, I'm here now and I want to state that cherries are the fruit of the gods - bloody expensive here though

French Fancy said...

Just saw Not Waving's comment - drool ((Waitrose))

French Fancy said...

Oops - three posts in a row thus maintaining my stalker status. Are you away on tes vacances perchance? Hope you come back fresh as a daisy

Phil Lowe said...

Hi everyone, thanks for all your lovely comments and I hope that I've inspired you for some fresh foods for the next two months. I have been away on a break in France for a few days so sorry that I didn't respond quicker.

StGeorgeOfEngland said...

Lucky old Phil. Hope you had a great time. I am long overdue a visit to France but it will probably have to wait until next springtime.
Good to see you back.
G.