What vegetables are in season in July and available in The Caff in the Courtyard
What fruit and vegetables are in season in July and available in The Caff in the Courtyard
What fruits and vegetables are in season right now?
July at Combe Grove is packed full of biodiversity with badger cubs out of hiding and red kites circling in the thermals, the wild meadows are thriving with grasses, buttercups, daisies, and pyramid orchids and there are many areas left to grow in support of providing wildlife-rich grassland. The UK has lost around 90% of its wildlife-rich grassland since the 1930s and this has led to huge declines in bees, butterflies and other species. Working with the seasons, Combe Grove’s Estate Team helps to maintain a living and wild environment through regenerative agriculture and carefully considered gardening measures.
The Kitchen Garden in season fruit and vegetables
The Kitchen Garden has seasonal vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, radish, watercress, chard, and peas all of which are fruiting. They are harvested and are used directly by Combe Grove’s head chef, Maria, to create food that is served in The Caff. Seasonal, fresh vegetables and herbs are picked daily and then used in the soups, salads, and tarts, to make a nutritious post-exercise lunch.
All of the ingredients grown in the Kitchen Garden has nutritional benefits to the body. Spinach is a versatile ingredient and is in the same family as chard and beetroot, it is packed with vitamins C and K, high in folic acid, iron and calcium. Vitamin K supports healthy bones and folic acid (B9) supports healthy cell division. Folic acid is a B vitamin which is vital for the formation of red blood cells. The form which occurs naturally in food is called ‘folate’.
Pea shoots are a form of microgreen and are currently being harvested from the Kitchen Garden. Pea shoots are dense with the antioxidants and phytonutrients needed to support the body’s complex inflammation system, in turn acting as a natural anti-inflammatory. Other anti-inflammatory foods include leafy greens, tomatoes, nuts such as almonds and berries including strawberries and blueberries. Anti-inflammatory ingredients help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Beetroot is also in season, and is packed full with manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroot provides nitrates that help to improve blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels, reducing arterial stiffness and promoting dilation which potentially lowers blood pressure. For a nutritious snack why not make beetroot juice or check out our vegan and gluten-free beetroot tart journal post.
Potatoes, like many root vegetables, are versatile in cooking methods so become a staple of a kitchen store cupboard. Potatoes are a great choice of starchy food and a good source of energy, fibre, B vitamins and potassium. The natural starch found in potatoes may also improve digestive health by aiding the gut microbiome.
Freshly prepared veg boxes, ready to take home, are now available from The Caff picked straight from the ground using a ‘no-dig’ policy. Studies have shown that food grown and consumed during their appropriate season are more nutritionally dense than when they are grown outside of this window. Take a look at our ‘5 reasons why we should be eating in-season’ blog for more nutritional benefits.
Here is a list of seasonal produce that is now on sale to Members of The Club at Combe Grove in the Caff in the Courtyard:
Red veined sorrel (fresh herbs)
Lemon balm (fresh herbs)
Bronze fennel (fresh herbs)
Rosemary (fresh herbs)
Lovage (fresh herbs)
Lemon verbena (fresh herbs)
Basil mint (fresh herbs)
Moroccan (fresh herbs)
Chocolate peppermint (fresh herbs)
Spearmint (fresh herbs)
Golden thyme (fresh herbs)
Dill (fresh herbs)
Flowers for salad garnish – sweet pea, dill, coriander, (salad garnish)
Salad onions (salad onion bunch)
Lettuce Leaves (salad leaves)
Beetroot (beetroot bunch)
Baby carrots (carrot bunch)
Potatoes, Casablanca (potatoes)
Potatoes, Vivaldi (potatoes)
Potatoes, Charlotte (potatoes)
Peas, in pods