June is a time of abundance in the polytunnel and you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to eating your own home-grown produce this month. To inspire you to eat well from your polytunnel, below you will find five recipe ideas for a June Harvest. Need more ideas, check out our other recipe ideas to find more delicious options for those who grow their own food.
Courgetti and Pesto
Towards the end of June, you may be able to harvest the first courgettes from your polytunnel. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this versatile crop. One cool idea is to turn courgettes into ‘courgetti’ – a low calorie alternative to spaghetti for those looking to reduce their carbohydrate intake and lose some weight. Consider serving ‘courgetti’ spaghetti substitute with a herby pesto made with fresh basil or other herbs from your polytunnel, and perhaps you will even be able to serve this with the first fresh tomatoes from your polytunnel tomato plants.
Carrot & Celery Soup & Garlic Bread
Soups are another great way to make the most of the abundance from a polytunnel in the middle of summer. A simple carrot and celery soup is a family favourite, and if you have harvested garlic from your polytunnel this month, you could consider serving this with some garlic bread. Simply make a vegetable soup with whatever polytunnel produce you have to hand, and boost the flavour with the addition of various home-grown herbs.
Cauliflower is often a staple of the June harvest. If you have grown cauliflowers in your polytunnel, you could choose to use these in a family-friendly cauliflower cheese. To make a slightly healthier, vegan option, you could bake cauliflower in the oven in a cashew cream sauce with nutritional yeast, and top with wholemeal bread crumbs and mixed seeds for a nutritional boost.
Leafy Salad With Strawberries
Salads are abundant and varied at this time of year. Combine all the many leafy greens that you can harvest from your polytunnel in June – lettuce, pak choi, rocket, chard, spinach etc… and mix in some sweet early strawberries from your polytunnel for something a little bit different.
Strawberry Mint Granita
There are almost endless ways to enjoy fresh strawberries towards the end of the month. One cool idea is to create a syrup of strawberry and mint with sugar or honey. Boil the mixture and and strain to get out the seeds & leaves. Leave to cool and then freeze for an hour. Rake up the top with a fork and then put it back in the freezer. Repeat this process every hour for the next four hours until the mix becomes a crystallised slushy mixture. Serve your delicious granita for a special occasion such as a summer party.
These are just some of the many ways in which you can make the most of the food that you grow in your polytunnel and harvest this June. What have you been eating from your polytunnel this month? Let us know in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.