July foods in season and what to cook with them
It's the height of summer which means vegetable gardens are full of flavoursome produce, fruits are ripe for the picking and there’s a plentiful selection of meat and seafood for the barbecue. We've rounded up the very best recipes to make the most of the seasonal abundance.
July is a riot of colour when it comes to vegetables. Eat your greens with courgettes, broad beans, peas and spinach. It’s also the best time for aubergines, artichokes, fennel and radishes, and you can spot some of the first baby beetroots appearing as well, while the new potato season is slowly drawing to a close. Although technically a fruit, tomatoes are widely available and will pair well with this month's top herb choice – basil.
Socca with artichokes
Early season lamb continues to fill the butchers and supermarket shelves, and now is also a good time to give rabbit a go. While the sun is out, wheel out the barbecue and stick everything on the grill, including steaks, sausages and burgers.
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Seafood is bountiful in July so take your pick from halibut, salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna, which also taste great when grilled. Plenty of shellfish are on offer too, including prawns and crab which are ideal for salads and sandwiches as well as light pasta dishes. You can expect to see scallops from mid-July as well.
Stone fruit takes centre stage in July so make sure you enjoy plenty of apricots, nectarines and cherries as well as the first of the new season peaches. Berries are also at their peak right now and there are many great desserts you can whip up with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries as well as the first blackberries coming into season. On the hotter days, cool yourself with a refreshing slice (or two) of watermelon.
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