In season – July

In-Season-July

We’re lucky in Cornwall that we have such an abundance of great producers and suppliers on our doorstep. Our chefs are always looking for the tastiest ingredient and one of the fist things they’ll be interested in seasonality. Produce that is grown locally in it’s season will always taste better, that’s why when designing their dishes our chefs work hard to highlight the seasonal ingredient rather than hiding it in a mix of flavours – when seasonality is concerned less is definitely more.

Because we think seasonality is so important each month we are going to be putting together a series or hints and tips, maybe a few recipes, focusing around what you should be cooking and eating in that month.

Whats in season throughout July?

Fruit & veg
Apricots
Aubergines
Beetroot
Blueberries
Broad beans
Carrots
Cherries
Courgettes
Cucumbers
Currants
Fennel
French beans
Globe artichokes
Gooseberries
Lettuce
New potatoes
Onions
Radishes
Raspberries
Rhubard
Runner beans
Samphire
Strawberries

Fish & seafood
Cornish sardines
Crab
Pollack
Squid
Trout
Wild sea bass

Meat & game
Salt marsh lamb
Wild rabbit
Wood pigeon

Gooseberries

gooseberries

Gooseberries aren’t particularly popular which means they are great value when they do come into season.

Perfect match: Pork and oily fish, particularly mackerel. Cook with sugar and vinegar to make an alternative to apple sauce.

Apricots

Apricots

Apricot jam is a great way to use up apricots (chefs favourite and a nice alternative to strawberry).

Perfect match: grilled apricots and pork.

Bake with a crumble topping using amaretto biscuits

Sardines

sardines

There inst any difference between sardines and pilchards.

Top tip: Work great on the barbecue. Score and fill with a bay leaf, cook and serve with lemon juice on a ciabatta – an alternative to sardines on toast!

Crab

crab

Top tip: Perfect picnic food as it comes in its own case. Just cook and take to the beach! A 3lb crab takes about 20 minutes.

Perfect match: Almost anything, the crab is very versatile.

Always buy fresh from your local fish monger and goes well with most foods. Our favourites are mayonnaise, chilli, lemon juice and coriander, served hot our cold.

Take a look at our recipe for a summer crab salad with Heritage tomatoes and basil aioli.

Strawberries

Strawberries

Perfect match: Try something different with strawberries, how about combining with rice wine vinegar, balsamic or lime.

Top tip: Always buy locally rather from the supermarket, you will notice the difference.

Take a look at why we source our strawberries from Buttervilla and our Victoria sponge recipe using strawberry jam.

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