Right now, there are lots of juicy British berries in season like Raspberries, Cherries and Blueberries. They’re really versatile and can easily be whipped up into delicious summer desserts, or enjoyed on their own as a healthy snack. Seasonal veg like Courgettes and New Potatoes are also ready for eating and can be made into tasty summer sides.
These delicate, juicy berries are one of the best things about British summer. Enjoy them on their own, or with a dusting of icing sugar and cream, or throw a handful into your favourite breakfast cereal. Raspberries don’t have to be eaten whole – try making them into a tasty sauce to go with ice cream, a delicious jam or a traditional peach melba. They’re also lovely with Greek yogurt drizzled with a little bit of runny honey and served with shortbread.
Raspberries are high in vitamin C
Cherry season is really short and so now is the time to enjoy their vibrant colour, juicy texture and lovely, sweet flavour. Bake into a cherry and almond loaf cake, a rich frangipane tart, or deep filled double crust pie. Chocolate and cherries are a classic pairing – try poaching them in dessert wine for a sauce to serve with a gooey chocolate pudding. They’re also great with savoury dishes – like summer salads with duck or chicken. Try serving them with fresh ricotta and a bowl of vanilla-flavoured sugar.
Source of fibre
A smooth, waxy vegetable with a fresh, delicate flavour, courgettes are great in stir-fries, pasta dishes or simply served as a side dish. Try them sautéed in butter or olive oil with a few fresh herbs or cut them into chunks and steam. Why not try making a classic ratatouille? Or, if you’re a fan of roasted veg, try throwing some chopped courgette, peppers and tomatoes into a roasting dish with a drizzle of pesto, or try them grilled and served with parmesan shavings and toasted pine nuts.
Source of vitamins A & C
New potatoes are a summer essential. They are small in size as they are from the early crop. They’re perfect addition to summer salads and main meals. For a lovely fresh flavour, try them cooked slowly in a covered pan with lots of fresh garlic and a little butter. Or for a tasty salad, steam, cool and eat with mayonnaise spiked with anchovies and watercress, alongside fresh salmon. Leave the skins on to get more nutrition and flavour.
New potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C
This sweet, juicy berry is ideal for summer breakfasts - sprinkled over muesli or served with yoghurt. Blueberries are excellent in baking and are particular good in muffins – they explode within the muffin mix while being cooked, spreading the flavour. They are great in cold summer desserts too – try whipping them up with some vanilla custard, yoghurt and cream, or to top a rich vanilla cheesecake, or try using them in place of strawberries in a twist on Eton Mess.
Source of Vitamin C