British seasonal food in July is bursting with flavour, and here’s the best vegetables, fruit, fish and shellfish, herbs, cheese, foraged food, game and other meat in season this month. Treat yourself to the full range of healthy fresh berries, enjoy the first courgettes, or some help yourself to fresh Cornish sardines and crab, and make the most of all the foods available in July while they’re cheap on the market or at their peak on the allotment.
Fruit in season in July
Apricots, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, cherries, figs, gooseberries, loganberries, peaches, raspberries, redcurrants, rhubarb, strawberries, tayberries, whitecurrants
Best imported seasonal fruit
Apricots, figs, melon (Charentais, cantaloupe, galia), nectarines, peaches, pineapples
Vegetables in season in July
Aubergines, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli (calabrese), cabbages (summer, red), celery, chard, chicory, courgettes, cucumbers, fennel (Florence), globe artichokes, green beans (French and runner), kohlrabi, leaf beet (perpetual spinach), lettuce and other salad leaves, mangetout, marrows, new potatoes, okra, pak choi, peas, peppers, radishes, shallots, spinach, spring onions, summer squash, tomatoes, turnips, watercress
Available most months in good condition: button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, maincrop potatoes, onions, rocket.
Herbs in season in July
Basil, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, lovage, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, summer savory, tarragon, thyme, winter savory
Always available: chives, coriander, parsley grown under cover; older leaves of hardy perennials like bay, rosemary, sage, thyme.
Wild / foraged food in season in July
Bilberries, elderflowers, puffball mushrooms, samphire (marsh and rock), Scottish girolles (chanterelles)
Take great care when foraging as it’s easy to confuse edible and poisonous ingredients.
Fish in season in July
Seasonal fish varies greatly around the UK, but here is a rough guide to what fish is in season and on sale now.
Black bream, brill, coley, cornish sardine / pilchard, crab, crayfish (signal), dab, Dover sole, flounder, grey mullet, hake, langoustine, lobster, plaice (at its best), pollack, pouting, prawns (at their best), queen scallops, sea trout (and brown trout), tuna
To the best of my knowledge, the list above excludes critically endangered fish. Visit The Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society for latest lists.
Fish in season in July, less sustainable
Cod, haddock, mackerel (at its best), squid, wild halibut, wild salmon
In good condition almost all year: herring, farmed sea bream and turbot, megrim sole, sustainably-fished monkfish, rope-grown mussels, prawns.
Meat, poultry and game in season in July
Lamb (including salt marsh lamb), venison (wild red deer)
Always available in good condition: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, farmed venison, wood pigeon.
Cheese in season in July
Fresh goat’s cheese, Stinking Bishop. Imported: Camembert, Reblochon, Saint Marcellin.
Many quality mature cheeses are available year-round.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the UK seasonal food guide for July, and thanks for reading!