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A-Z of summer fruits and veggies

Here's some of the top colourful, summer gems we’ll be filling our kitchens (and bellies) with

The summer fruit bowl positively brims with goodness – delectable berries, fresh melons and rosy tomatoes. Inspired, we’ve compiled an alphabetical shopping list of all that’s blooming this season, including some delicious accompaniments for our trickier letters.

Asian greens – A fresh, vibrant addition to any summer salad.

Blackberries – The stuff of picking adventures and sweet, sticky hands.

Cucumber – Cooling and refreshing, the very antidote to a heat wave.

Dates – Rich, energising and an exotic addition to barbequed meats.

Eggplant – A deep, dark nightshade that works beautifully stuffed and cooled.

Fennel – Simple sliced in salads, alongside fresh fish or as a crunchy side.

Grapes – Frozen, fresh or tossed through rice salad with crumbled feta.

Honeydew melon – Ripe and fragrant, keep chilled in the fridge for dessert.

Ice-cubed fruit Your own frozen ice-treats to cool off in the heat of the day.

Jelly – Wobbly trifle, fancy gooseberry or frog in a pond – a summer treasure.

Kohlrabi – Snaffle the last of the spring veggies with a raw kohlrabi salad.

Leeks – Be it the base ingredient or the star of a dish, a textural delight.

Mango – The flavour of summer, say no more.

Nectarines – Juicy fruits to add to lunchboxes, slice in salads or top a flan.

Okra – Fried, pickled or grilled, a taste of the east in your summer repertoire.

Peaches – Furry golden delights, the nectar of the season.

Quinoa – Toss through salads for a dose of nuttiness and texture.

Rhubarb – Poached, spiced or simmered in a relish – a sweet, tarty summer treat.

Strawberries – Blitz in smoothies, slice over cereal or nosh on the go.  

Tomatoes – Ripe and bursting with flavour, the very essence of summer.

Umeboshi plums – Salty, pickled Japanese fruits offering a flavour pop in rice balls.

Vermicelli noodles – Whip up a batch for rice paper rolls or a fresh Vietnamese salad.

Watermelon – No summer fridge worth its weight is missing a wedge

Xtra cherries – Taking alphabet liberties here, but you can’t have enough cherries!

Yoghurt (frozen) – Top with fresh berries for dessert on balmy summer nights.

Zucchini – Perfect shaved in salad, grilled on the BBQ or baked in frittatas.

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