London is always buzzing in June, as we shrug off the colder
months and embrace the summer. It’s a marvellous time for fresh
fruit, with a cascade of berries, cherries, peaches and apricots.
Here at Ripe, we’re also loving our early starts – watching the
city wake up as we make our dawn deliveries around the capital.
Kohl rabi, a green or purple root vegetable, is highly underrated. This versatile ingredient is at its best raw: peel then slice into batons or chunks, or grate into homemade slaws.
The crisp texture is highly refreshing – even better with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Kohl rabi is also delicious steamed or braised.
This is a variety of Persimmon, originally
bred in Israel. Eaten ripe they have a
wonderful aroma and unusual texture –
soft and almost like jelly. Try slicing in half
then eating with a teaspoon.
These are known as ‘donuts’ in the
trade on account of their distinctive
shape. They are easier and less messy
to eat than round peaches. You may
also see flat nectarines from time to
time. Round peaches, both yellow and
white-fleshed, are also available
We adore this exotic fruit, grown in South
East Asia. It is a mainstay in the markets of
Thailand and Vietnam. Use a knife to slice
the thick skin then prise it open – inside
you’ll find the pearly white segments, each
with its own seed. The flavour is sensational
– intense and with a zingy acidity
Juicy cherries are a real taste of summer. In
June, we source most of ours from Southern
Europe – especially Spain. English cherries will
be along next month. Cross your fingers for
more sunshine to help ripen the fruit
This is prime time for apricots, imported from the
south of Europe. ‘Blush’ apricots are increasingly
popular, with a reddish tinge to the skin. Apricots
are an excellent source of fibre, beta-carotene
and a wide spectrum of handy vitamins.
PINEBERRIES & STRASBERRIES
These hybrid berries, bred from rare wild varieties
of strawberries, are definitely worth a try. The
Pineberry has white or pink skin and red seeds
and got its name because of the hint pineapple in
the flavour. The red fruits are called strasberries
on account of their appearance, which somewhat
resembles a raspberry.