British seasonal food in June

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

British-grown fruit this month

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

Best imported seasonal fruit

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

Recommended seasonal fruit & preserves books

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.

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 and game in season in June

Okay, it’s not the busiest month for these ingredients, but this 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

  • 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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Here at Golightly Gardens we’ve been enjoying freshly-picked wild strawberries on the sunny days, and homemade rhubarb crumble on rainy evenings. We’ve also had a few pea shoots and baby leaf salads for a taste of fresh greens.

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