Food basket: what to eat in June

Every month the French government publishes details of what fruit and vegetables are in season as well as what cheeses and fish are good to eat now.

In June tomme de Savoie cheese, melons, cod and cucumbers are highlighted.

It is also time for tomatoes – whether cherry or beef – and cucumbers. Cucumber originally comes from Asia but Pays de la Loire is the region where France produces it the most.

Fennel is also in season and can be eaten raw or cooked.

Some fishes such as cod (cabillaud) are best to eat in June. But it is also a good time for spider crab (araignée), and cockles (coques) which can be eaten with pasta or in an omelette.

For the dessert, some cheeses are tastier in the summer as cows tend to produce a better milk in spring. It is now advised to eat tomme de Savoie, comté and livarot, which is an AOP cheese produced in Normandy.

All of them are made from cow’s milk.

Comté is the most produced cheese in France while livarot, also called ‘colonel’ is known for its orange lines and softness. Tomme de Savoie is a semi-soft cheese which is produced in the French Alps.

For fruit – try peach, melon and red currants.

You can see the government's list here.

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