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Fruit and Vegetables in Season in June

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fruit and vegetables in season in June uk

June has come round so quickly, don’t you think?  It doesn’t seem like all that long ago I shared what UK fruits and vegetables are in season in May, and here I am sharing what’s in season in June!

I always find June such an exciting time, food wise.  A lot of the nice soft fruit is coming into season (hello strawberries!) and there’s such a wide array of lovely British vegetables in season.  Peas and broad beans are at their very best in June, so if you’re growing your own make sure you get out and get picking!

Even if you’re not growing your own, here’s what fruit, vegetables and herbs are in season in June so you know what to look out for at the shops.  You can also download this guide as a printer-friendly shopping list – download the PDF here for free: Fruit and Vegetables in Season in June.

uk fruit in season in june

Fruit In Season In June

Apricots

Blackcurrants

Cherries

Elderflower

Gooseberries

Nectarines

Raspberries

Rhubarb

Strawberries (this strawberry and basil cocktail is highly recommended!)

 

broad beans june

Vegetables In Season In June

Asparagus

Aubergine

Broad Beans

Cabbage

Carrots

Chicory

Courgette

Cucumber

Curly Lettuce

Fennel bulbs

French Beans

Globe artichoke

Lamb’s Lettuce

Mangetout

New Potatoes

Onions

Pak Choi

Peas

Radish

Rocket

Spinach

Spring Onion

Tomatoes

Turnips

Watercress

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Herbs In Season In June

Angelica

Chervil

Mint

 

The eagle-eyed among you will notice I’ve been quite loose with my interpretation of what constitutes as fruit and what constitutes as vegetables.  Rather than get all botanical, and classify tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, etc, as fruit (as that is what they actually are),  I’ve gone with the popular classification choice!  I hope no-one minds!  I’ve also snuck in some herbs for you this month too!  Don’t say I’m not good to you!

What’s on your menu this month?

ps don’t forget the PDF!

 

Images:  1.  Pixabay / 2.  Wikimedia Commons / 3.  Wikimedia Commons  / 4.  Wikimedia Commons

 

Food & Drink, Summer

Alcoholic Rhubarb Cordial

rhubarb ideas

rhubarb ideas

Aah, rhubarb, that seasonal summer delight.  Field grown from April to September, August is a good month for finding fresh local rhubarb in the shops.  But what to make with it?

My rhubarb repertoire extends to a rhubarb crumble, which quite often ends up a bit too wet (any tips on how to avoid this gratefully received!).  After too many soggy crumbles I was after a foolproof rhubarb based recipe about as far removed from a crumble as you could get.  Then last month I came across this really easy no-cook boozy rhubarb cordial recipe on Food 52, which sounded amazing and crucially, foolproof! The rhubarb cordial does take a whole month to make so it’s not one for the impatient, but trust me, patience really is a virtue on this one!

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My rhubarb cordial after one month

Alcoholic Rhubarb Cordial Recipe

Boozy Rhubarb Cordial

This alcoholic rhubarb cordial is the perfect grown up treat - tasty, sweet and decadent, it's perfect on the rocks or mixed with tonic, soda or sparkling lemonade.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 500 ml

Ingredients

  • 900 g of rhubarb stalks roughly six large stalks
  • 750 ml of vodka
  • 250 g of granulated sugar
  • A sterilised 1 litre capacity large jam jar.

Instructions

  1. Wash your rhubarb stalks and chop roughly into one inch pieces.  There's no need to peel the rhubarb.
  2. Place your chopped rhubarb pieces into your jar, and add the sugar.
  3. Pour in the vodka, until all the rhubarb is covered. You'll end up with a fair bit of vodka leftover - that's ok - as long as the jar is filled to the top with vodka.
  4. Give it a good shake until as much sugar is dissolved as possible, and then leave the jar in a cool dark spot for 4 weeks.  Give it a shake every now and again to help dissolve the sugar.
  5. After four weeks sieve the mix into a bowl and discard the rhubarb (we tried to eat it.  In one word: don't!).  Decant the liquid into a sterilised bottle and enjoy responsibly!  Bottled up, it can last for around 12 months, meaning you can enjoy a taste of summer on the dullest darkest days of winter!

boozy-rhubarb-vodka-cordial

The rhubarb cordial is deliciously fruity without an overly vodka taste, and really refreshing when served with a dash of lemonade or tonic water on a hot day.  When served neat it’s smooth and warming and will make a good autumn and winter treat to warm up cold evenings.  Alternatively, for a sophisticated Bellini type drink, you could add a shot to glass of Prosecco or Champagne.

 Sidenote: I used demerara sugar as it was all I had to hand, so mine has coloured up a bit differently to how it will when you use granulated sugar.   Yours should be a little bit lighter and more pink in colour.

Main image from here, all other images my own.