What’s in Season in June

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

June Seasonal Produce Guide

Hello June and welcome to month 6 of our Monthly Produce Guide!

With June comes the tail end of spring and the the start of the glorious bountiful summer produce season.

What a month for fruit! Strawberries starting coming in a month ago, and now they are joined by cherries, apricots, and blueberries. It’s the season for tropical fruit as well—pineapples, mangoes, and papaya.

For veggies, we may still find remnants of spring—local asparagus, morels, favas, and sweet peas. The first zucchini of the season arrive, as well as cucumbers, peppers, and even corn. Lettuces abound, along with radishes, carrots, and cauliflower.

Cherries

What’s your favorite early summer fruit or vegetable?

For me, June is all about the cherries and apricots. Cherries ripen here in Sacramento in late May early June, and usually all at once. If you have a cherry tree, you’ll need buckets!

Just get to the cherries before the birds do. Sweet bing cherries and Rainier cherries start arriving from Washington state in mid June.

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If you have a generous friend with a Bleinheim apricot tree, you’re in luck! Bleinheims are the sweetest, most flavorful variety of apricots. But they are delicate, so usually what we get at the market is a sturdier variety.

If the fruit is hard, it won’t be pleasant to eat. Wait until the apricot gives a little before cutting into one.

Scroll down for the recipes!

Cherries

Cherries Eat cherries fresh by the handful, or bake them into a cobbler, pie, or classic French claufoutis custard
Cherry Clafouti

This classic French dessert is a custard with fresh cherries baked inside along with slivered almonds, almond and vanilla.

Hand Pies with Cherries

Store-bought puff pastry makes quick work of these sweet-tart cherry hand pies! They're a treat that's easy to share.

BEST Cherry Frozen Yogurt

Cherry frozen yogurt made with fresh or frozen cherries is EASY to make! The tart yogurt intensifies the sweet cherry flavor.

Strawberries

Strawberries Toss a few chopped strawberries into your salads, or even your guacamole. Smother pancakes with strawberries or make a quick jam in the microwave.
Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Do you love strawberry ice cream? Like, REALLY love strawberry ice cream? Then this is the recipe for you. Fresh strawberries and velvety texture, this is the ultimate summer treat.

Microwave Strawberry Jam

So easy! Small batch strawberry jam that you make in a microwave oven. Cooks in 15 minutes! Easy cleanup.

Strawberry Quinoa Arugula Salad

Quinoa salad with fresh strawberries, arugula, toasted almonds, mint and a citrus vinaigrette

Blueberries

Blueberries Make the world's best blueberry pie, or if it's too hot to use the oven, a stovetop blueberry slump. Then throw a party with blueberry pitcher margaritas!

My favorite pie to make in summer is this simple, classic blueberry pie! With the easiest, tastiest, flakiest homemade pie crust.

Margarita Recipe with Blueberries serve

Want to up your margarita game? Try this spin on a classic margarita infused with blueberries, lime and mint. It's amazing!

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pound Cake

Delicious fine crumb pound cake with butter, eggs, ricotta cheese, sugar, flour, lemon zest, and blueberries.

Apricots

Apricots Bake apricots into cobblers or rustic tarts. Or cook with chicken for a sweet and savory dinner.
Rustic Apricot Tart

Too hot to turn on the oven? This Apricot Rustic Tart comes with instructions on how to bake it on a grill.

Apricot Chicken

Quick and easy Apricot Chicken! with skinless boneless chicken breasts and fresh apricots.

Mangoes & Papaya

Mangoes and Papaya Chop up fresh mango and make a salsa for fish or shrimp tacos, make homemade mango lassi, or toss with a curried chicken salad.  Cut papaya in half, scoop out the seeds, cut into wedges, cut away the peel, and sprinkle with lime and a little salt. Papaya is great for digestion!
How to Cut a Mango

Cutting and dicing a mango is EASY, once you see how it's done.

Mango Salsa

Mango salsa with fresh diced mango, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lime. Perfect with seafood!

Curry Chicken Salad

Looking for a fun spin on classic chicken salad? Try this version with curry powder and sliced mango! It's as beautiful as it is delicious.

Prosciutto Papaya Lime

Slices of fresh papaya served with thinly sliced prosciutto and fresh squeezed lime. (No prosciutto? Just skip it and sprinkle with lime.)

Cucumbers

Persian Cucumbers Look for thin-skinned Persian cucumbers, you may find them in packages labeled "baby cucumbers," which they're not, but who's counting?
Cucumber Mint Feta Salad

Using delicate, thin skinned cucumbers, this cucumber salad recipe includes mint, feta cheese, red onions and sliced radishes with a simple oil and vinegar dressing.

Cucumber Salad with Tahini Dressing

This cucumber salad is amazing with tahini dressing, lemon and herbs!

Zucchini

Zucchini When the first zucchini come in, cut them lengthwise and roast them with garlic and herbs, or sauté them and toss them with pasta for a quick pasta primavera.
Roasted Zucchini with Garlic

The easiest way to cook zucchini is to roast it! Cut it lengthwise, toss with olive oil, garlic, and seasonings, and roast until browned.

Zucchini Feta Frittata

Here's an easy vegetarian frittata with shredded zucchini, potatoes, feta, and Monterey jack cheese. Reheats well, so good for leftovers!

Lemon Rosemary Zucchini Bread

Like zucchini bread? Try this lightly sweet lemony zucchini bread with rosemary, you'll love it!

Corn

Corn on the Cob Have you ever tried microwaving a corn-on-the-cob in its husk? It's the easiest way to cook one or two ears of corn, and full of flavor because the corn steams in its own juices.
Microwave Corn on the Cob

Cooking corn couldn't be easier! In the microwave, husk on, four minutes. Cut off bottom. Slip off husk. It works!

Mexican Street Corn

Char-grilled corn on the cob with a tangy, creamy sauce. Make this at your next backyard cook-out!

Escarole

Escarole Craving greens? Try sautéing some escarole, a slightly bitter chicory in the same family as endive and radicchio.
Easy Escarole Sauté

Quick and easy sauté of escarole leaves, a lovely bitter chicory green.

3 Comments

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  1. Sally

    This is one of my favorite features. I also like “What to Cook” in the current month. Scrolling though the recipes helps me remember things I’ve made in the past and have dropped out of the rotation, or things I wanted to try, but for some reason never did.

  2. Ginger Ramirez

    Great article ,very helpful .Keep up the good work.

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