Tenerumi / Leaves of the Cucuzza Zucchini Photo ©Puntarelle&Co Ltd
So, what new season produce can we expect to come through our doors through JUNE?
English Broad Beans and Peas and, perhaps, the first English Fennel bulbs. The Asparagus from our Kent grower will take us up to the last week of June with lower prices than in May.
Watercress sourced direct from Kingfisher Farm in Surrey, who have been growing watercress for more than 150 years, should be with us throughout the month.
New Potatoes from Jersey, France and Cornwall.
British Strawberries, Raspberries and Gooseberries will be benefiting from some summer sun in June.
English-grown Herbs – Mint, Coriander, Parsley and Dill in particular as well as Cucumbers, Radishes, Spring Onions and Spinach.
Crunchy French Grelot Onions will continue through the month and we will have a good supply of Round, Romana, Trompetta, White, Yellow and Green Courgettes and Tenerumi (leaves of the Cucuzza Zucchini) from Italy. There will be Borlotti Beans and a greater variety of Aubergines this month.
Even sweeter varieties of sun-ripened Italian Tomatoes. The supply of flat, pink Cipollini Onions for roasting should continue as should quality new season Garlic and crunchy Kohlrabi.
We should continue to have small red/yellow Watermelons, Cantaloupe Melons and new season Sicilian Green Lemons, prized in particular for their highly fragrant zest.
Peaches, Flat Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Green Figs from Italy.
We expect both Red and Rainier Cherries from France as well as White and Blood varieties of both Peaches and Nectarines (pêche de vigne & nectavigne).
Plums from France and Italy should be arriving and Green Almonds are now in season.
By late June we should have English Cherries arriving.