What is in season in the UK in June? Eating local, seasonal produce all year

One of the easiest ways to reduce your impact on the planet is to eat seasonal, local produce as much as possible. Our guide to what is in season in the UK in June will help you create dishes that are fresh, full of flavour and Earth-friendly.

Buying seasonal produce can also mean you save some money, too. This is because an abundance of produce means shops and supermarkets can offer lower prices and special offers.

Strawberries hanging on plant - strawberries are in season in the uk in June

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What is in season in the UK in June – fruit

June brings warmer weather, the end of overnight frosts (hopefully) and longer days. It’s the start of bumper berry crops, juicy tomatoes and an array of other colourful fruits.
 
Most supermarkets will label their UK-grown produce to make it easy to spot, or you could speak to your local greengrocer about where they source their produce. A lot of them will buy from growers as close to them as possible for maximum freshness, taste and eco-friendliness.
 
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So what is in season in the UK in June in terms of fruit?
 
  • Blackcurrants
  • Cherries
  • Gooseberries
  • Kiwi fruit (usually greenhouse grown)
  • Nectarines (hothouse grown)
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes (greenhouse grown)

A pile of tomatoes, which are in season in the uk in June, still on vines

Of these, strawberries are probably the most quintessentially British. They’re most famous for being served as they are, with cream. But if you fancy something a little different (and far superior to shop-bought), why not try making your own strawberry jam?

Or, for a savoury option using British tomatoes, this tomato and pesto puff pastry tart is lovely served with salad for lunch or roasted baby potatoes and asparagus for a more substantial meal.

Most of the above freeze really well for use in cooking and in juices and smoothies so make sure you stock up your freezer when they’re in season so you don’t have to buy from abroad in the autumn and winter. 

 

What is in season in the UK in June – vegetables.

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to British vegetables that are in season in the UK in June:
  • Asparagus (last of the season)
  • Baby courgettes
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Carrots
  • French and runner beans
  • Herbs
  • Lettuce
  • New potatoes
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers (Hothouse grown)
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Red cabbage (early season – small but sweet and delicious)
  • Savoy cabbage (start of season)
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Watercress

person chopping French beans, whicb are in season in the UK in June

Spring onions, lettuces, cabbages and many more can be made to last even longer by regrowing them. Find out how in our post about reducing food waste, which also includes lots of other food waste reduction tips.

Because we are spoilt for choice for seasonal vegetables in June, we’re also spoilt for tasty recipes too. This red cabbage, carrot and coriander salad uses fresh produce which is all in season in June, and is an amazing BBQ accompaniment. 

What’s in season in the UK in June – meat, fish & seafood.

Even though the majority of British meats and fish are farmed year-round, you can get better prices and quality by sticking to what’s in season.

Be careful to make sure that anything you’re buying is sustainably-sourced as well as locally-produced, especially when it comes to fish. A good resource is the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide. It’s also a good idea to check what’s available locally to you, as fish and seafood seasons can vary slightly depending on where you live.

someone eating a plaste of scallops with broccoli on a white plate

Here’s what’s in season in June when it comes to meat, fish and seafood:

Meat

  • Lamb
  • Pork

 

Fish & seafood

  • Brill
  • Crab
  • Gurnard
  • Hake
  • Mackerel
  • Monkfish
  • Lobster
  • Plaice
  • Scallops

 

As it’s summer, the best way to cook anything is on the BBQ! Fish can be cooked with just a little oil and some herbs inside a foil bag, then placed on the grill, and meats can be cooked on the BBQ with little to no preparation.

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If you’re a seafood fan, this list of scallops recipes from Great British Chefs should help you get the best out of your seasonal British scallops.

UK seasonal food challenge for June

If you’ve enjoyed finding out what is in season in the UK in June, we’d love for you to take part in a little Ailuna challenge. Write a meal plan for every week in June, and include at least one seasonal item in each meal.

Meal planning also has the added bonus of making sure you only shop for what you need, reducing food waste and further reducing your footprint on the planet.

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