Summer has started to arrive in the kitchen with the welcome return of colourful fruits & vegetables.

Stoned fruits like apricots & cherries are some of the first to bring some juicy flavour.

Berries are starting to burst with British strawberries, gooseberries & raspberries all making a return.

Thick green stalks of outdoor grown rhubarb will be coming into their own right now, ripe for picking & crumble making.

Perhaps one of the most versatile garden veggies will be popping out this month, courgettes in all of the weird & wonderful shapes & sizes.

If you’re looking to go on a forage this month then the thing to look out for (& perhaps my favourite thing to forage all year) is elderflower.

The other beautiful blooms available this month are peonies. With a very short season & short lived blooms, these can be used in much the same way as rose petals to create pretty pink preserves.

Blackcurrants will just be coming in ready to pick late this month or early July.

For more tips on foraging for elderflower, see my tips here.

Here are some recipes to make the most of the season:

Chive Blossom

Chive Blossom Vinegar


Peony Syrup