What's in season: July

Broads beans and goose berries in a basket at Snowshill Manor

Long days and lots of sun means British crops are yielding abundantly now and many lend themselves perfectly to cool, summery salads.

If you don't have a garden or allotment, you can still enjoy the best of the summer with greengrocers' shelves packed full of seasonal treats.

Vegetables to harvest or buy

  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Courgettes and summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • French beans
  • Lettuce and other salad leaves
  • New potatoes
  • Peas and mangetout
  • Radish
  • Runner beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Shallots

Fruit to harvest or buy

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Gooseberries
  • Loganberries
  • Raspberries
  • Tayberries

This month we're talking about new potatoes

New potatoes appear on supermarket shelves from Jersey or further afield very early in the year, but most British new potatoes, especially those grown at home, only come into their own now. They will have been planted in March or April and do best when they receive plenty of rain during May and June while their tubers are swelling.

New potatoes are usually ready to harvest when they begin to flower, though it’s worth using a fork to gently investigate whether decent sized tubers have developed on one plant before lifting many. Unearthing a mass of perfectly-formed potatoes from the ground is one of life’s greatest pleasures and something children never fail to find astonishing.

New potatoes need to be really waxy for the best potato salads. Great waxy varieties include ‘Accent’, ‘Annabelle’ and ‘Charlotte’. For home gardeners, early varieties like these are well worth growing as they taste delicious when very fresh and can be harvested before potato blight starts to be a major problem in late summer.

Harvesting in the garden

July recipes

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