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JULY - SEASONAL EATING

JULY - SEASONAL EATING

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE MARKET IN JULY?

Welcome to July! 27-degree weather is here and so is all the colorful summer produce that comes with it.

It’s getting harder to get through the amazingly abundant produce overflowing at markets everywhere. July seasonal foods are summer on a plate. This sunny month brings cherries and hedgerows heavy with berries. Blackberries make their first appearance, along with melon and peaches. Stone fruits are at their peak, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are in full force. Tomatoes are coming in heavy, figs are arriving, corn is begging to be consumed. Sweetcorn, broccoli, beetroot and courgettes come into season and seafood lovers can enjoy fresh, seasonal scallops.

 

VEGETABLES

Aubergine, courgette, artichoke, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, chillies, fennel, garlic, jersey royal new potatoes, kohlrabi, lettuce salad leaves, onions, pak choi, peas, radishes, rocket, runner beans, samphire, spinach, spring onions, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, wild nettles.

FRUIT

Apricots, blueberries, currants (black, white and red), cherries, gooseberries, greengages, kiwi fruit, loganberries, melons, peaches, plums, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries.

MEAT/FISH

Lamb, rabbit, crab, haddock, mackerel, monkfish, pollock, prawns, salmon, sardines, sea bass, sea bream, scallops, tuna.

HERBS

Basil, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, elderflowers, oregano, mint, nasturtium, parsley (curly), rosemary, sage, sorrel, tarragon, thyme.

THE BEST FOOD MARKETS IN LONDON

Grocery shops are good, but food markets are even better :) Here are the best food markets in London according to foodies*:

-Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL. London’s oldest market – dating back to the 13th century – is also the busiest, and the most popular for gourmet goodies. If food is your thing, then Borough market with its abundance of beautifully displayed organic fruit and vegetable, cakes, bread, olive oil, fish, meat and booze, is the place to go.

-Berwick Street Market, Berwick Street and Rupert Street, Soho, London W1F 8TW. Situated in Soho this fruit and vegetable market is one of London's oldest (Its roots go back to 1778).While the friendly and vocal grocery hawkers have thinned in recent years, they have been joined by a clutch of hot food and sandwich sellers during weekday lunchtimes.

-Brockley Market, Lewisham Way, Brockley, London SE4 1UT. Located in Lewisham College car park, this friendly market makes a great place to pick up some quality groceries. The focus is on locally-sourced seasonal food, whether that’s a joint for your Sunday lunch, your basic supply of fresh fruit and vegetable, or cakes and artisan breads, cheese or charcuterie for a special occasion.

 

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