What’s in Season – June Produce Guide

What's in season in June? Check out recipes for cherries, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, cucumbers, zucchini and more!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

June Produce Guide

Hello June and welcome to month 6 of our Monthly Seasonal 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.

Summer Produce

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Microwave Strawberry Jam

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

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Strawberry Quinoa Arugula Salad

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Apricot Chicken in Bowl With Fork

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.)

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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!

Ripe mango on a cutting board with a knife

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

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Mango Salsa

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

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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Cucumber Salad with Tahini Dressing

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

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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 and black pepper on a serving platter

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

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Zucchini Feta Frittata

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

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Lemon Rosemary Zucchini Bread

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

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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!

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Mexican Street Corn topped with crema and cilantro on a plate

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!

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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.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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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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