What's in Season: July
Are courgettes taking over the allotment, cropping quickly and heavily? Not to worry as they’re such a versatile ingredient it is possible to eat courgettes every day and not become bored. They can be grated or cut into fine ribbons and used in salads or pasta dishes, diced and used in risottos, or sliced and pan-fried and mixed with goat cheese in a tart. They can be chargrilled as a vegetable accompaniment, or stuffed with cheese, chili and breadcrumbs and baked. Even the flowers can be cooked tempura-style in a light batter, while larger flowers can be stuffed with tomatoes, herbs and cheese. For a really big glut, turn courgettes into a lovely crunchy pickle or a chutney.
What else is in season this month?
Fish and seafood: cod, coley, crab,dover sole, haddock, halibut, herring, langoustine, mackerel, plaice, pollack, prawns, salmon, sardines, scallops (queen), sea bream, sea trout, shrimp, squid, whelks, whitebait
Fruit and nuts: Bilberries, blueberries, cherries, gooseberries, greengages, strawberries, raspberries
Herbs: basil, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, elderflowers, oregano, mint, nasturtium, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, tarragon, thyme
Meat, poultry and game: lamb, rabbit, wood pigeon
Vegetables: artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, chillies, courgettes, fennel, french beans, garlic, kohlrabi, mangetout, new potatoes, onions, pak choi, peas, radishes, rocket, runner beans, salad leaves, samphire, spinach, spring onions, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, wild nettles
To find out where you can find fresh, local, seasonal produce, use the search function on the homepage of our website www.hampshirefare.co.uk