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.