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Best in season: what produce to make the most of this July

From strawberries and nectarines to baby potatoes and honey dew melons...

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Best in season: what produce to make the most of this July

The new month of July brings with it a whole new set of mouth-wateringly good produce to enjoy. 

Right now the food scene is bursting with fresh fruits like raspberries, strawberries and big juicy peaches, along with salad favourites like baby potatoes

If you ask us, we'd hail this month as one of the best when it comes to food produce, because nothing really kicks off the start of summer like a fresh punnet of strawberries, or a baby potato salad eaten al fresco.

So, if you're wondering what foods to make the most of this season, look no further...

RASPBERRIES 

The delectable red fruit is here in all its glory! Anytime between mid-June and July is when raspberries really come into their own. Right now there's an abundance of high-quality British offerings widely available. Buy a pack or two this season and you'll discover they have a good strong flavour and are bigger and bolder than any handfuls you've had before.  

Get your raspberry hit with a recipe that shines a spotlight on them – like this Raspberry Millefeuille. The flaky pastry is layered with fresh whipped cream, tangy-sweet raspberry coulis and another dose of the soft fresh fruit. 

It's lightweight, creamy in all the right places and the perfect end to any meal.

Strawberries

Another berry we couldn't enjoy any summer without!

Vibrantly red in their colouring, now is the time to make the most of strawberries. Although strawberries taste just as amazing by themselves, they taste even better when they're served up in this strictly-for-adults Pimm's Summer Pudding Slice.

Combining Pimm's, frozen summer fruits and strawberries makes for all the sunshine tastes of the Great British summer in one pud! 

Baby Potatoes

Roast them, mash them, fry them or smash them – we're big fans of the humble yet super-versatile spud.

So if you're anything like us, you'll be pleased to know baby potatoes are in season. Just like their larger counterparts, like a Maris Piper, these smaller spuds are just as versatile. 

But, we're just going to come right out and say it – you can't beat a baby potato salad in summer. Are we right, or are we right? Try this Chimichurri Potato Salad for size. The South American-style chilli and herb dressing adds colour and spice to this simple dish and lets the potatoes shine. Serve this up at your next barbecue and you'll be coming back for more.

Melons

Sweet, soft and super ready to eat right now, honeydew melons are having their moment. This type of melon doesn't just have to be eaten by itself - add it to a fruit salad or throw it on the grill as part of a kebab medley at your next cook-off.

But, perhaps the best way to enjoy this fruit? In the form of a triple-melon iced slushie. Packed with three different types of melon, including honeydew, – sip on this slushie in the shade!

 

Peaches

July is when peaches come into season and what a treat they are for the eyes and stomach! The fruit is ideal for making into a sweet dessert or a savoury summer salad, so be sure to make peaches one of your go-to ingredients. 

This summer, keep your cool and beat the heat with our Peach Melba Semifreddo. Semifreddo (which translates as “half-cold" in Italian) is a heavenly dessert that’s best described as a mix between mousse and ice cream. It can be made without an ice cream maker and is perfect for an evening spent outside. Just make sure you leave enough time for it to chill. 

Nectarines

It's no surprise nectarines are also in season this month. Differing slightly to peaches because of their smooth fuzz-free coating, some say nectarines are also sweeter. They also tend to be smaller, firmer and more aromatic.

But all differences aside, nectarines pair well with almonds, honey and soft cheeses, like goats cheese or ricotta. Why not try it out for yourself?

Whip up this two-step nectarine tart. Jam-packed with fruit, cheese and nuts encased in a light, crispy pastry, this is the perfect summery treat! 

 

Feeling inspired to make the most of the produce in season? Head online to Asda to add them to your next shop.