COMPETITION FOR JUNE CROWN
A dish featuring FRESH fish, flesh or fowl
accompanied by lots of fresh, fresh vegetables. Vegetarians may substitute cheese and/or eggs.
(be sure to read the seasonal information below)
June is still early for some crops; however others are in full sway. All your lettuces are going great guns. You’ll begin pulling young carrots, turnips and parsnips -- and radishes of course. Asparagus is up, both cultivated and wild in the woods and fields, and you may harvest ramps (wild leeks), and the streams are filled with watercress.
You will most likely be able to begin harvesting fresh green broad-beans (favas), and cook them in the shell. There will be lots of chard and a few small cabbages. You’ll want to leave most of the cabbages until they get larger. Broccoli and cauliflower are ready to harvest as are most other things in that family. If you are in the Mediterranean you will have artichokes. And, you have been able to take some honey from your hives. Of course you also have most everything you had in May. Your flour barrel is probably empty or really, really low. Some of the early fruits are beginning to come in, like strawberries.
You will be anxious to eat as much fresh food as possible after the long winter of dried and preserved things.