June 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.
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.
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: Cherry Clafoutis
This classic French dessert is a custard with fresh cherries baked inside along with slivered almonds, almond and vanilla.
Cherries: Cherry Hand Pies
Store-bought puff pastry makes quick work of these sweet-tart cherry hand pies! They're a treat that's easy to share.
Cherries: 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: Strawberry Ice Cream
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.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
Strawberries: Microwave Strawberry Jam
So easy! Small batch strawberry jam that you make in a microwave oven. Cooks in 15 minutes! Easy cleanup.
Strawberries: Strawberry Arugula Quinoa Salad
Quinoa salad with fresh strawberries, arugula, toasted almonds, mint and a citrus vinaigrette
Blueberries: Blueberry Pie
My favorite pie to make in summer is this simple, classic blueberry pie! With the easiest, tastiest, flakiest homemade pie crust.
Blueberries: Blueberry Pitcher Margaritas
Want to up your margarita game? Try this spin on a classic margarita infused with blueberries, lime and mint. It's amazing!Continue to 9 of 23 below.
Blueberries: Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pound Cake
Blueberries and lemon? Ricotta cheese in a pound cake? Yes, please! Sweet and lemony, with a delicate crumb, this cake tastes like summer.
Apricots: 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.
Apricots: Apricot Chicken
Got fresh apricots? Make this easy Apricot Chicken skillet dinner! It's ready in under an hour and makes a great change from your usual weeknight chicken routine. (You can swap in dried apricots, too.)
Mangoes: How to Cut a Mango
Cutting and dicing a mango is EASY, once you see how it's done.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
Mangoes: Mango Salsa
Mango salsa with fresh diced mango, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lime. Perfect with seafood!
Mangoes: Curried Chicken Salad with Mango
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.
Papaya: Papaya, Prosciutto, and Lime
Slices of fresh papaya served with thinly sliced prosciutto and fresh squeezed lime. (No prosciutto? Just skip it and sprinkle with lime.)
Cucumbers: Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta
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.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
Cucumbers: Cucumber Salad with Tahini Dressing
This cucumber salad is amazing with tahini dressing, lemon and herbs!
Zucchini: 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: Zucchini-Feta Frittata
Here's an easy vegetarian frittata with shredded zucchini, potatoes, feta, and Monterey jack cheese. Reheats well, so good for leftovers!
Zucchini: Lemon Rosemary Zucchini Bread
Like zucchini bread? Try this lightly sweet lemony zucchini bread with rosemary, you'll love it!Continue to 21 of 23 below.
Corn: The Easiest Way to 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!
Corn: Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elote)
Mexican street corn is a staple of summer and it's easy to make at home! Top char-grilled corn on the cob with a tangy, creamy sauce, sprinkle with crumbled cheese and dive in. Make this for your next backyard cook-out!
Escarole: Sautéed Escarole
Quick and easy sauté of escarole leaves, a lovely bitter chicory green.