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Food in Season

Food in Season

This month: Jersey Royal new potatoes should be bought now, unless you wish to wait another 9 months, although they now don’t have quite the flavour of those of a month ago –  but their price now very reasonable, they are still not to be missed especially, gently scrubbed and boiled with mint and served with good butter. For all other new potatoes, rub their skin with your fingers, and if the skin doesn’t flake off, the skins will almost certainly be tough, and the flavour disappointing.

Home-produced varieties from the mainland, are now also in the shops. The Nicola variety, often from Cyprus or Egypt are  also recommended, if you favour waxy types. The law’s the same, you get what you pay for, on the flavour-stakes. 

English Asparagus is in full flow, but will fade out towards the end of the month (as some producers won't pick after mid-summer's day)  – and our green variety is probably the best in the world. 

British Strawberries are also plentiful, and have more flavour, than those earlier in the season. Outdoor Rhubarb is also in full season. 

On the meat front, British Lamb is now in full season and a little cheaper – if you seek out lamb bred on salt marshes, it’s a real treat, if handled simply, and not cooked until it’s ‘grey’. 

Sea Trout should be sought out if spotted on fishmongers slabs, and with the extreme price demanded for wild salmon, it’s a delicious treat – and even preferred by many people to the latter. 

Other food in season is as follows -      

Cheeses (at their best):

British & Irish Cheeses: Berkswell; Caerphilly Traditional Farmhouse; Cheddar Traditional Farmhouse; Cheshire Traditional Farmhouse; Chulchoill; Coolea; Cooleeney; Cornish Yarg; Cotherstone; Doddington; Dorstone; Dunbarra; Dunlop (with rind); Durrus; Exmoor Blue; Finn; Gortnamona; Gubbeens; Hafod; Kilcummin; Lancashire Traditional Farmhouse; Lincolnshire Poacher; Partridges Blue; Perroche; Ragstone; Red Leicester; Single Gloucester; Seator's Orkney; Somerset Blue; Spenwood; Stinking Bishop; St. Brendan; St. Gill; St. Killian; Sharpham; Sharpham Elmhirst; Sharpham Rustic; Spenwood; Ticklemore; Waterloo; Wensleydale (Hawes); Wigmore; Woolsery

French cheeses: Aligot; Anneau du Vic-Bilh; Apérobic; Aubisque Pyrénées; Autun; Bargkass; Beaujolais pur Chèvre; Besace de pur Chèvre; Bigoton; Bilou du Jura; Bleu du Haut Jura; Bleu de Laqueille; Bleu de Sassenage; Bonde de Gâtine; Le Bouca; Bouton D'Oc; Brebis du Bersend; Bressan; Brie de Montereau; Brie de Nangis; Brie le Provins; Brique Ardéchoise; Brocciu; Bûchette d'Anjou; Bûchette de Banon; Cabécou de Rocamadour; Camembert de Normandie; Cantal; Le Cathelain; Chabichou du Pitou; Chabis AOC; Chaource; Charolais; Chaumes; Chef-Boutonne; Chèvre Fermier; Chevrette des Bauges; Chevrotin (various); Civray; Clacbitou; Comté; Couhé-Vérac; Crottin D'Ambert; Crottin de Chavignol; Crottin de Pays; Emmental Grand Cru; Epoisses de Bourgogne; Le Fougerus; Fourme D'Ambert; Fourme de Chèvre Ardeche; Frinault; Fromage Corse; Fromage Fermier Pur Brebis; Galet de Bigorre; Galet Solognot; Gaperon; Grand Colombier des Aillons; Laguiole; Langres; Livarot; Maroilles; Matocq; Mont D'Or du Lyonnais; Munster; Neufchâtel Fermier; Parmigiano: Pavé Blésois; Picadou; Picodon Fermier; Pont L'Evêque; Pouligny-Saint-Pierre; Pourly; Quatre-Vents; Reblochon de Savoie; Roquefort; Saint-Félicien de Lamastre; Saint-Nectaire Fermier; Saint-Pancrace; Sainte-Maure de Touraine Fermier; Salers; Santranges; Le Saulxurois; Selles-Sur-Cher Fermier; Tarentais; Toucy; Valençay; Vendômois 

Fish & Seafood: Sea Bass, Sea Bream, Brill, Clams, Cockles, Cod, Coley (or Saithe), Conger Eels, Crab, Crawfish, Dabs, Dover Sole, Dublin Bay Prawns (Scampi), Eels, Flounder (Fluke), Grey Mullet, Haddock, Herring, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackerel (available, but spawning, so not at their best), Greenland Halibut (Mock Halibut), Oysters (Rock), Plaice, Prawns, Queen Scallops, Red Mullet, Salmon (wild), Salmon Alaskan Wild, Sea Trout, Shrimps, Skate, Trout (Rainbow), Turbot, Whelks, Whitebait, Whiting, Witch Flounder 

Poultry & Game: Chicken, Duck, Guinea Fowl, Pigeon, Quail, Rabbit, Turkey, Venison 

Fruit; (H/P means home-produced): Apples, Apricots, Avocado Pears, Bananas, Blackberries, Black currants, Cherries, Figs, Gooseberries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Loganberries, Lychees, Mangoes (these are at their best, look for 'Alfonso' from India), Melons, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Raspberries, Red currants, Rhubarb(H/P), Strawberries(H/P) 

Vegetables; (H/P means home-produced): Asparagus (H/P), Aubergines(H/P), Beetroot(H/P), Broad Beans, Broccoli; Cabbages (H/P), Carrots (H/P), Cauliflower (H/P), Celery(H/P), Chicory(H/P), Chilies(H/P), Courgettes(H/P), Cucumbers(H/P), Endive(H/P), Fennel, French Beans(H/P), Garlic, Globe Artichokes, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl rabi, Leeks (H/P), Lettuce (H/P), Mange-tout peas(H/P), Mushrooms Cultivated (H/P); Mushrooms Wild – Penny Bun (Porcini/Ceps/Cepes), Chanterelle (Girolles), Wood Blewit (Pied Bleu), Fairy Ring Mushroom (Mousseron), Mousseron Violet, Mousseron St Georges, Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis -  Mustard & Cress(H/P), Okra, Onions (H/P), Parsley (H/P), Parsnips (H/P), Peas(H/P), Peppers (sweet), Potatoes, New (H/P), Potatoes(H/P), Radishes(H/P), Salad Leaves (H/P), Salsify, Shallots, Sorrel (H/P), Spinach(H/P), Spring Onions(H/P), Tomatoes (H/P), Turnips, Watercress (H/P)

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