THE MODERN MINT BLOG
What is the seasonal food of July? What are the farmers and growers currently harvesting for our plates?
(Please note there are a few adverts on this page – why? Because we like the companies, they produce great food, and we want to encourage you to support their work – fuelling your body with the best food you can is important. As they say, it is better to pay the greengrocer than the doctor!)
Some pretty delicious stuff actually – this is the best of the British season and if it is locally grown and organic, you will hardly need to cook it (yesterday, from Riverford Organic, we got broad beans. They are already gone!)
Vegetables in season in July…
Samphire (get in quick with this one!)
Asparagus (though not for much longer! And the taste is so different to last month during the first week of harvesting…)
Nettles (use the young leaves, not the older ones… so cut a patch down if you have to and wait for them to resprout)
Elderflower (for champagne or cordial, of course)
A number of herbs (for example basil, fennel and mint… don’t be mean when you cook, use a big handful!)
Fruit in season in July…
Strawberries (for Wimbledon. Raspberries are just as good though!)
We hope you grow at least some vegetables, herbs or fruit in your garden (or on your balcony, or wherever…)
If we could recommend one plant to start with? Rosemary. It looks after itself, smells amazing and you can harvest it for cooking with or using in flower arrangements. Perfect.
For more on how to eat seasonably (and the taste benefits are enormous) you need to read these…
Just inc are you are free in the following dates in June, you can visit my mentor Charlotte Molesworth’s topiary garden… Check out the dates the garden is open here. And you can of course join both Charlotte and I for a topiary workshop in the garden in July, as well as September. Hope to see you there!
The Nunki weeder has been talked about by Jane Perrone in the newspaper (the Guardian, if you are interested. At the weekend.) She said this about our lovely weeding tool… “Getting on top of annual weeds such as hairy bittercress and speedwell can be tedious. The Nunki weeder has a curved blade that allows for precision work around plants….” There you go – a weeder for precision work, not an avocado destoner as someone once said to me. Take a closer look at the Nunki weeder now.
There has been some great articles around recently, what with the gardening season upon us and the Extinction Rebellion happening. I particularly liked this from Alys Fowler – Turn Your Lawn Into A Meadow “(Most lawns) are biodiversity deserts… and worse still, we pursue this. There are aisles in garden centres promising ever-greener sward, with no moss and weeds. Let there be no misunderstanding; these are chemicals that silence the soil.” Raise your mower height. Don’t cut until June. Then just once a month afterwards. Love that advice. And it is saving petrol for your mower too! This article also …