What's in Season - June

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The long days of June prepare us for the hot summer sun and the glut of food ahead of us. June, for the kitchen gardener means work, there is a lot to be done.

The risk of frost has all but passed and tender young vegetables can be planted out. The arrival of the first gooseberries is a taste of fabulous summer fruits to come. Late June can bring some early raspberries and blackcurrants as well as the underrated elderflower. Broad Beans and Beetroot are a June treat, both pair superbly well with seafood, and, mackerel is a June favourite.
Fillet the mackerel and fry it skin side down until crisp and serve with some roasted beetroot and a salad of rocket flavoured with good olive oil, rock salt and lemon.
Both peas and broad beans are ready to be harvested, cook them quickly or eat them raw, tossed together in a green salad or added to a risotto, soup, braised chicken or duck.