July really is a fantastic month for British produce. Fruits & vegetables abound & if you are lucky enough to have a veg patch or allotment, it’s about all you can do to keep up with harvesting.
Personally, I think waiting for the gorgeous fruit & veg we have now is worth it. Eating in season just makes it all the more special – and tasty too! Strawberries warmed by the summer sun (if we get any) taste so much better than those grown in polytunnels & kept in cold storage out of season.
I have a go at growing my own, but unfortunately, don’t really have the time it warrants to keep on top of everything. Already this year, the birds have beaten me to the blackcurrants, cherries & gooseberries (although they seem to leave the white currants alone for some reason). I shall have to keep my eye on them with my blueberries.
Blueberries are a great fruit to grow as they crop over a staggered period of time – you can pick a bowlful around every other day, rather than having a glut.
Due to a holiday in June, being very busy & the rainy weather, things have run away with themselves – literally. I’ve just spent a very frustrating hour and a half trying to untangle my beans & peas, as I failed to get sticks in place in time. I also have a lot of veg thinning to do – bit late really, but better late than never!
There’s so much in season at the moment, we really are spoilt for choice. The cherry season is quite short, but they are definitely my favourite fruit & I wait in eagerness for the British cherries to arrive.
Whether you’re growing your own, visiting farmer’s markets & farm shops, or just picking some up from the shops, make the most of the gorgeous British produce while you can – I feel some jam making coming on :).
- Broad beans
- Currants (red & white)
- French beans
- Globe artichokes
- New potatoes
- Rhubarb (outdoor)
- Runner beans
- Swiss chard