Want to know what’s in season in June? Looking for June recipe ideas? Use sweet strawberries, fresh mint from the garden and aubergines and courgettes from your local greengrocer to make these seasonal dishes and bakes. We’ve included plenty of tips for how to shop for particular varieties, prepping guides and useful ideas to use up leftovers.

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After, check out our best May recipes, July recipes and August recipes.


Strawberries

A celebration of peak British summer, these vibrant berries are rich in vitamin C and at the height of their season are floral, juicy and perfect for sweet and savoury dishes alike. Try roasting on top of herby soft cheese in a puff pastry galette, roast on the barbecue in a foil parcel with a dash of balsamic vinegar, or toss in a salad with feta and spinach. Try more juicy strawberry recipes.

Strawberry tart

Inspired by the mini tarts filled with crème pâtissière and topped with glistening fruit, this giant version makes the most of in-season strawberries.

Macerated strawberry tart on a plate

Strawberry cupcakes

These dainty cupcakes stay beautifully moist thanks to the chopped up strawberries folded into the sponge. Perfect for afternoon tea or a summer bake sale.

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Cupcakes topped with frosting and sliced strawberries

Gooseberries

These sweet-tart berries grow on bushes with spiky branches, not too dissimilar to hawthorn. Their flavour ranges from sweet, grape-like juiciness to sharp, acidic, tropical kiwi notes, depending on the variety and ripeness of the berries. Check them raw before adding the sugar to your taste. This compote is perfect for yogurt, porridge and pavlovas, too. Just double or triple the quantity and keep chilled for up to four days. Try more ways with gooseberries.

Gooseberry fool

The tartness of gooseberries is the perfect foil for whipped cream and syrupy elderflower cordial in this dessert that can be put together quickly.

Three gooseberry, elderflower and mint fools in glass jars

Nectarines

Nectarines are a smooth-skinned, round stone fruit. Red on the outside with creamy yellow flesh, they are related to peaches, with a similar floral and sweet flavour. When ripe they’ll have a wonderful scent and will be slightly soft when squeezed. Discover more of our nectarine recipes.

Nectarine crumble

Nectarines are in season throughout the summer – pair them with almonds and amaretto to make this dessert, which is full of sunshiny flavour.

An oven dish of nectarine crumble on a blue cloth next to a small jug of custard

Halibut

A mild, sweet-flavoured flat fish with a firm flesh that holds up well to being cooked in a few methods but roasting is a favourite. Pair it with tomatoes, citrus, chilli or a cream-based sauce. This fish is a versatile base for a lot of dishes and it comes into season as the seas start to warm up. Look out for responsibly sourced halibut, with an MSC logo, when buying. Try more halibut recipes.

Baked halibut with fennel, lemon and walnut pangrattato

A mild, sweet-flavoured flat fish with firm flesh, halibut is particularly well suited to roasting, ideal for easy entertaining or an elevated speedy midweek meal.

Baked halibut with fennel, lemon and walnut pangrattato on a baking dish with wedges of lemon

Lettuce

Lettuces are from the daisy family and are grown for their leaves. You’ll recognise Iceburg, Little Gem, Butterhead and Romaine from supermarkets. Look for bright, fresh leaves that look like they’ve just been pulled from the ground. Find more lettuce recipes.

Charred lettuce with ranch dressing and bacon bits

This salad of crunchy lettuce and crisp bacon bits is all about the creamy homemade ranch dressing. It makes a great side dish for a summer BBQ.

A plate of charred lettuce with creamy ranch dressing topped with bacon bits on a blue fabric napkin

Tarragon

Tarragon is a leafy, soft herb that grows in spring and summer. It has a strong aniseed and liquorice flavour, and is commonly used in classic French dishes such as béarnaise sauce.

Tarragon butter chicken

A whole chicken is brined here with bay and lemon, before being roasted and then slathered in tarragon butter. The result is beautifully juicy meat with golden skin and a subtle aniseed-flavoured edge from the fresh leafy herb.

A white oval platter filled with sliced joints of chicken on a white and blue background

Tarragon ice cream

Tarragon, with its heady aniseed flavour, is in season throughout the spring and summer. Put it to great use in this ice cream, which is perfect for sunny days and warm evenings.

A tub of tarragon ice cream with a silver scoop inside, next to a bowl containing three scoops of ice cream

Mint

It thrives in UK gardens but people are often unsure how to use it. As well as this sauce, mint is great as a tea or in any recipe that includes parsley or coriander – just add some chopped mint, too. Discover more mint recipes here.

Mint sauce

Use up mint from the garden in this classic mint sauce – it's essential for roast lamb and only takes five minutes to make.

A pot of mint sauce on the table with a teaspoon

Cook’s notes

Here are some alternative ideas on how to use this mint sauce:

• Turn this sauce into a dressing by whisking 2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil into it and tossing with crunchy green vegetables, such as lettuce and cucumber.
• Try brushing some of the mint sauce onto lamb cutlets before grilling, then toss in a little more when the meat is resting.
• Whisk a few tablespoons of the mint sauce into plain yogurt for a great chicken kebab marinade.


Asparagus

As the first prized spears head onto shelves at the end of April, there’s little better accompaniment than salt, pepper and butter (perhaps hollandaise). But asparagus season continues into June, when stems become thicker and it’s more widely available. Now discover more asparagus recipes.

Asparagus quiche with capers

Spotlight seasonal asparagus in this recipe with a nutty brown butter pastry crust, punchy capers and gruyère - perfect for weekend entertaining.

Quiche with asparagus and two slices cut out

Aubergines

Aubergines are good at soaking up flavours – you’ll find that after they’ve simmered in all of the spices they’ll be bursting with flavour, especially after giving them a good char at the beginning. Taste a bit before serving – you want them to be meltingly soft. Take your pick from our aubergine recipes.

Smoky aubergine chilli

Charred aubergines give this vegan chilli a delicious, smoky depth, making it a great family midweek meat alternative.

two bowls of veggie chilli with sour cream and lime, and a side of rice

Courgettes

Also known as zucchini, courgettes are from the same family as cucumbers, squashes and melons and are an extremely versatile vegetable. They work well with diverse cuisines and flavours – eaten raw thinly sliced in salads, fried until crisp, or gently simmered in a soup or stew until tender. Look out for smooth, unblemished skin when buying. Find more of our courgette recipes here.

Harissa lamb-stuffed courgettes

Fill courgettes with a mix of lamb mince, garlic, cumin and harissa, and bake in a fiery tomato sauce to make an exciting weeknight meal for two.

Harissa Lamb-Stuffed Courgettes in Tomato Sauce

BBQ courgettes with labneh and savoury granola

The combination of smoky, charred courgettes, creamy labneh and crunchy savoury granola makes this a perfect side dish when you're entertaining.

A platter of charred courgettes on a linen napkin

Goat’s cheese and courgette frittata

Easy to make and ready in 20 minutes, this vegetarian frittata is the perfect summer lunch. Courgette, spring onions and goat's cheese are an irresistible flavour combination.

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Courgette frittata with a slice cut out presented on a table with a green leafy salad

Summer courgette curry

This light, summery courgette curry is ready in less than an hour – perfect for a vegetarian midweek dinner.

Two Bowls of Courgette Curry on a Bed of Rice

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Adam BushDeputy food editor

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