British seasonal food in June – what to eat now

British seasonal food in June strawberries

As the weather becomes more summery, British seasonal food in June starts to become more varied and colourful. Look out for fresh homegrown berries, salads, peas and beans. There are also some interesting seasonal imports if you can get hold of them at the moment.

Here’s the big list of what’s most likely to be best to buy, or pick from your garden or allotment, this month.

Fruit in season in June

British seasonal fruit in June UK fruits in season
Clockwise from top left: blackcurrants, strawberries, gooseberries, sweet cherries

This is the month that British seasonal fruits start to become more abundant. There’s plenty to tuck into from our own shores, plus some delicious imported treats.

Home grown British fruit in June

  • blackcurrants
  • cherries
  • gooseberries
  • raspberries
  • redcurrants
  • rhubarb
  • strawberries
  • tayberries

Best imported seasonal fruit this month

  • apricots
  • melons (Charentais, cantaloupe, galia)
  • honey mangoes
  • nectarines
  • peaches

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Vegetables in season in June

British seasonal veg in June UK vegetables in season
Clockwise from top left: mangetout peas, lettuce, French beans, globe artichokes

There’s so much to choose from at this time of year:

  • asparagus
  • beetroot
  • broad beans
  • broccoli (calabrese)
  • carrots
  • chard
  • courgettes (baby, flowers)
  • cucumber,
  • fennel (Florence)
  • globe artichokes
  • green beans (French and runner)
  • lettuce and other salad leaves
  • mangetout
  • new potatoes (including last Jersey Royals)
  • onions (first new season)
  • peas
  • radishes
  • spinach
  • spring onions
  • summer cabbages
  • tomatoes
  • turnips
  • watercress

[Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.]

Recommended seasonal veg books & box delivery

Herbs in season in June

  • basil
  • chervil
  • chives
  • coriander
  • fennel
  • lovage
  • marjoram
  • mint
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • sorrel
  • summer savory
  • tarragon
  • thyme

[Always available: chives, coriander and parsley grown under cover; older leaves of hardy perennials like bay, rosemary, sage, thyme.]

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Wild / foraged UK food in June

British seasonal foraged ingredients in June UK wild food in season
Left to right: elderflowers, rock samphire

These are the two main tasty treats this month:

  • elderflowers
  • samphire (rock)

[Take great care when foraging as it’s easy to confuse edible and poisonous ingredients.]

Recommended foraging & wild food books

Fish in season in June

British seasonal fish in June UK seafood in season
Clockwise from top left: plaice, brown crab, flounder, coley

Seasonal fish varies greatly around the UK, and from one year to the next, but here’s a rough guide to what’s on sale fresh this June.

The seas are slightly warmer as summer starts to roll in, meaning most flatfish and shellfish are heading off the menu, but there’s still plenty to try.

Sustainable fish this month

  • coley / saithe
  • crab (brown / edible)
  • flounder
  • halibut (farmed)
  • mussels (farmed)
  • plaice
  • pollock
  • pouting / bib, prawns (northern)
  • rainbow trout (farmed)
  • turbot (farmed)

[To the best of my knowledge, the list above excludes critically endangered fish. Visit The Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society to check their latest lists.]

Fish in June, less sustainable

You should be able to find most of these via a responsible fishmonger too:

  • brown shrimp
  • whitebait
  • whiting
  • wild halibut (best to avoid completely)
  • wild salmon
  • wild seabream

[In good condition almost all year: farmed clams, farmed halibut, herring, farmed seabream and turbot, megrim sole, sustainably-fished monkfish, rope-grown mussels, prawns.]

Recommended fish & shellfish books

Meat, poultry & game in season in June

Okay, it’s not the busiest month for these ingredients, but this ingredient is at its best:

  • lamb

[Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon.]

Recommended meat, poultry & game books

Cheese in season in June

British seasonal cheese in June UK and imported cheeses
Clockwise from top left: fresh goat cheese, farmhouse cheddar, Camembert, Stinking Bishop

British-made cheeses in June

  • farmhouse Cheddar
  • ewe’s milk cheeses
  • fresh goat cheeses
  • Stinking Bishop

Imported seasonal cheese

  • Camembert

[Many quality mature cheeses are available year-round, especially hard cheeses.]

Recommended cheese & wine books & delivery

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What we’re eating at Golightly Gardens

We’ve treated ourselves to some asparagus and Jersey Royals, and a couple of punnets of berries, to make the most of what’s around right now. On a thriftier note, our kitchen garden is now turning out plenty of different lettuce leaves, radishes and the occasional tiny spring onion, so it’s side salad time.

This month we’ve also decided to do a cheeseboard evening, and it will probably be a fresh goat cheese, some Stinking Bishop, and a little bit of Camembert.

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