What's in season in July?

Time to get the barbeque out of the shed and eat alfresco! 

Why not try barbequing mackerel instead of the usual sausages and burgers? It’s at its best between May and September and comes from British shores. 

Courgettes are in season as are peppers. Use them to make a grilled vegetable salad to enjoy with your barbequed fish, adding freshness with a good handful of briefly blanched British peas. 

Gooseberries, another classic British delight are also at their peak - round off your alfresco feast with the lightest gooseberry fool.

Also in season: aubergines, cauliflowers, cucumber and raspberries


· Peas were cultivated as long ago as 5700BC with pea cultivation spreading throughout Europe, India and China by 2000BC.

· Dried peas became a staple food of European peasants during the Middle Ages and have been eaten since the Stone Age. This is because peas were cheap, plentiful and when cooked made an inexpensive, filling, wholesome meal.