What's in season - July

Discover the best recipes to celebrate summer produce and important food dates for July. Our guide includes blueberries, cherries and hearty vegetables.

cherry bruschetta on white plate on grey tablecloth

July is a great time to rest and recharge. We can’t all afford to go away on long holidays, but taking some time out for a lazy picnic in the park, a quick paddle in the sea or just a potter in the garden can be enough to feel revitalised.

Gathering and prepping the fruit and vegetables that are around right now can also be a great avenue for contemplation. Got a punnet of cherries to stone, runner beans to slice, blueberries to pick, or samphire to forage? Take the time to enjoy the quiet monotony of these tasks in the sunshine, then reap the rewards of your gentle effort.

Much of the season’s produce is so simple to serve and enjoy, just as it is, especially when freshly picked. But if you're looking for something unique, we've selected our favourite recipe ideas for doing something a little bit different with your summer harvest.

Blueberries

illustration of blueberries

We made this blueberry curd recipe to use up leftover egg yolks from meringue nests. Serve with meringue and double cream lightly whipped with icing sugar and a dash of sherry. Top with more blueberries for a fab summer dessert.

blueberry curd with meringues
Blueberry curd:
Put 200g blueberries and 50g caster sugar in a saucepan. Mix 25ml water with 1 tsp cornflour, then pour over the blueberries. Simmer for 5 mins, squishing the berries a little as you stir.

Tip the thickened mixture into a heatproof bowl with the juice and zest of ½ lemon, 50g butter, ½ tsp cinnamon and set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the butter has melted. Whisk in 2 egg yolks and keep whisking over the heat for around 10 mins, or until the consistency of custard.

Push through a sieve into a jug, then pour into a sterilised jar. Will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. Makes 140g

For more inspiration see our blueberry collection.

Runner beans

illustration of runner beans growing off leaf
Our favourite way to cook runner beans is to slice them into thin ribbons, boil them for 3-4 mins or until tender, and serve with a restrained dollop of clotted cream. For something more everyday, this green bean pasta bake is a wonderful excuse to use up a glut.

pasta bake in white dish on white table

Tip: To stop your runner beans being stringy, use a peeler to take a thin strip off each of the sides. You can use the offcuts to make stock.

For more tasty recipes, see our runner bean collection

Samphire

illustration of samphire

Stock up on samphire from July to August. Flavour-wise, it’s quite similar to asparagus. Try it simmered for 2-3 mins, then tossed in melted butter as a side for fish. Or for something different, go for this modern brunch from Rosie Birkett.

bowls of eggs on blue table

For more recipe ideas, see our samphire collection.

Cherries

illustration of cherries

Fold cherries through thick Greek yogurt with a grating of dark chocolate for a quick dessert, or give Tom Kerridge's cherry bruschetta recipe a whirl for a stylish starter. We’ve also used cherries in a moreish crumble cake.

cherry crumble cake on blue table

Tip: To pit cherries, set a small metal piping nozzle on a board, push the cherry on top slowly and the pip should come out of the top

For our ultmiate selection of recipes, see our cherry collection

Browse recipes for, and information on, other ingredients in season in July:

Seasonal food dates in July:

red berry ice cream cake on table
7 July: World Chocolate Day
Celebrate this indulgent day with the best of the best. See our best vegan chocolate and best dark chocolate reviews. 

17 July: National Ice Cream Day
Cool down this summer with our tasty ice creams. See our top 10 ice cream desserts or our vegan ice cream ideas

25 July: National Wine & Cheese Day
Mix up traditional wine and cheese pairings with our unique recommendations. See our vegan 'cheese' review and find out why we're drinking canned wine this summer.
 

Other food dates for your diary:

1-31 July: National Picnic Month
Take advantage of the warm summer holidays and go on a family picnic. For treats the whole family will enjoy, see our best picnic recipes.

8-14 July: Great British Pea Week
Pick your own classic British peas from June until October. For recipe inspiration, see our pea collection.

See our seasonal calendar for more inspiration.


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What fruit & veg do you enjoy in July? Leave a comment below...

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