What's in season: June

Strawberries fresh from the garden

June is a satisfying month for gardeners, who see the fruits of their labour from earlier on in the year.

The first spring-sown veg crops are finally ready to harvest, as are many fruits, including strawberries and raspberries. 

Whether you grow your own, visit farm shops and farmers markets or shop in supermarkets, you should find a wealth of seasonal British crops to enjoy this month.

Vegetables to harvest or buy

  • Broad beans
  • Courgettes and summer squash
  • Globe artichokes
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Lettuce
  • Rocket
  • Spring onions
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Baby carrots
  • Spring cabbage
  • New potatoes.

Fruit to harvest or buy

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Currants
  • Gooseberries
  • Cherries

This month we're talking about strawberries

Quintessentially British, strawberries conjure up thoughts of picnics, tennis and are one of the simple pleasures of summer.

Although imported, strawberries are available in supermarkets for many months of the year. June is the month to eat locally grown ones, which have been ripened outside in the summer sunshine.

Growing your own strawberries allows you to try varieties that you won't find in the shops. While commercial growers favour firm fruits with a bright colour and uniform size, home gardeners can choose for flavour alone. Some of our favourites include Royal Sovereign, Gariguette and Mara des Bois.

Harvesting in the garden

June recipes