We’ve had some glorious Sussex additions to the list these past couple weeks. Things are really starting to heat up in the produce section again as the warmer weather of June rolls in, bringing us some mouth-watering additions to our seasonal plates. (And psst, keep an eye out for cherries this next month!).
Here’s a few ideas to make the most of our newest seasonal produce. Enjoy!
These large and flavoursome fruit are cooling, hydrating and nourishing in the summer heat. We’ve found them to be a delightful addition to summer salads, complementing fruity new season Mesto Olive Oil and sweet-sharp Nutbourne Tomatoes.
Another great cucumber hack that’s been making a feature at our table: tzatziki. It’s so quick and easy. Simply grate cucumber into creamy Sussex yogurt, seasoning with crushed fresh garlic, a good sprinkle of Sussex dill, a splash of olive oil, vinegar and salt. This makes an intensely flavoured, cooling side to amp up your meals. (Warning: so delicious, it won’t last on the table long!)
Our latest favorite cucumber trick: slice into filtered water (or sparkling) with handfuls of fresh mint and refrigerate to make delicious cucumber water. This is great for digestion and a stunner for an aesthetic dinner table. For even more seasonal beauty, forage elderflowers and add to the water, or freeze flowers into ice cubes first. It’s the details that brings so much pleasure!
A friend recently told me that buying yourself strawberries is an act of self-love. Agreed! Local, mouth-watering, bites-of-summer strawberries are the seasonal equivalent of buying a box of chocolates. And while you don’t need to add anything to these sweetly fragranced treats, a side of creamy local yogurt will take these berries to the next level.
Another #EatSussex hack? Grate – or melt – some local artisan chocolate on top for decadence you know you deserve…
(Unsurprisingly, strawberries last about 2 seconds in our house… we adore them!)
Dill isn’t always the go to herb in the kitchen. Basil? Easy. Parsley? Of course! But – for such a delicious and versatile herb – dill has been hugely overlooked.
We’ve been enjoying the new season Sussex dill in a myriad of ways. With the warmer weather, the most obvious use had been to sprinkle over salads for a fresh, warm, anise flavour, as well as throwing handfuls in the water when cooking potatoes (potatoes and salad are a summer favourite here!) for an extra depth of delicousness. We also LOVE to throw dill into our egg recipes – breakfast scrambles, frittata, you name it. If you haven’t tried this combination, you need to see what all the hype is about (eggs and dill are a match made in heaven).
Another trick? Flavour a sandwich with this herb! A delicious lunch livens up a day at the office – and a sprig of dill will certainly bring a fresh, savoury bite to your midday meal. Whatsmore, dill is wonderful for digestion, and will help you to avoid any discomfort during the day. What a superstar herb to have in your kitchen!
Have you tried any of these new local additions? We would love to hear how you enjoy them! Tag us in social media (@finandfarm) or leave a comment below!