It’s never been a better time to back home producers, halt this country’s decline in self-sufficiency and live the good life. Tom Parker Bowles details how to ‘eat British’ in the month of July.
July is truly bounteous – the pinnacle of the homegrown season. French beans flourish, the tomatoes and courgettes are starting to ripen and colour, along with the first of the currants, early apricots, Dorset blueberries and Kentish cherries. Even the first polytunnel peaches.
There are also lots of green leaves, from lettuce to purslane. Get them before the slugs do and don’t forget those divine Scottish girolles either.
Crabs are fat and heavy with meat, found from Scottish waters, down through Norfolk and Suffolk and on to the South and South-West.
And don’t miss the spider crabs, down in the South and West. It’s fiddly work, extracting every strand, but well worth the effort.
Or lobsters, great basic brutes that they are. I still prefer crab, but I’m in the minority. Boil them whole or split them, paint with butter, and throw onto the grill.
July recipes to try
The indulgent ingredients in this delicous recipe probably outweigh the berries' health benefits.
A pretty cherry cake, perfect for afternoon tea in the garden.
Wild mushrooms are a forager’s dream.
Because nothing says 'I love you' like a huge slab of meat.
Don't be put off by the spider crab's Martian-like glare. The spiky shellfish are delicious and should be far higher…
This lobster stew comes alive with a pinch of cayenne pepper.