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Summer food — what to make in June

Searching for some spectacular summer dishes for June? Find some fresh and creative dinner ideas from our list of popular seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Need even more ideas? You can also check out our list of food holidays for June.

Steak and seafood are always popular choices for Father’s Day, usually from a steakhouse or seafood restaurant but families often stay in and fire up the grill for a nice meal as well.It isn’t all surf and turf in June though, there’s plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in June. Eggplant, summer squash, tomatoes and Walla Walla sweet onions are all entering their peak seasons. On the fruit side, key limes will be waiting for their graham cracker crust and meringue topping. But before you get lost in that trademark pie, be sure to take advantage of some of the more exotic fruits like kiwano and lychee.

June Food Ideas

Ackee and saltfish, alcapurria, aloo pie, baked potatoes, biscuits, broiled fish, candy, catfish, cherries, chicken fried steak, chicken korma, chili, chili pie, cobblers, collard greens, corn, cornbread, creamed spinach, doughnuts, eggplant, fatback, figs, fried chicken, frank and beans, grits, hobo stew, hoecake, hot dogs, hushpuppies, jerk chicken, kare-kare (oxtail stew), key lime, kiwano, lemon, lychee, mackerel, mango, mashed potato pancakes, okra, pancakes, papaya, parfait, pastales, peaches, pholourie, pork chops, pulled pork, pudding, razor clams, soft-shell crab, salmon, shrimp, s’mores, sweet potatoes, steak, strawberries, summer squash, swordfish, Trinidad pork chow, tuna steaks, turkey, Walla Walla sweet onions, yogurt

June Drink Ideas

California common (steam beer), carrot juice, caipirinha, chardonnay, bourbon, cognac, daiquiri, dry martinis, fruit or mixed berry punch, helles, iced tea, ice cream floats, Kamehameha rum punch, kölsch, lambic/fruit beer, lemonade, limeade, merlot, mojito, moonshine, pils, pinot grigio, radlers, red blend, riesling, rosé, (Stewart’s) root beer, rum punch, saison (farmhouse ale), sauvignon blanc, shandies, sour sop punch, spritzers, summer ale, switchel, white blend, weisse/weizen

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Apriums
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blood oranges
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Gooseberries
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Dragonfruit
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew
  • Jackfruit
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Loganberries
  • Loquats
  • Lychee
  • Mandarins
  • Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Plums
  • Pluots
  • Raspberries
  • Sapote
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tayberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon
  • Red Currants
  • Tamarillo
  • Texas red grapefruit
  • White grapefruit

Seasonal Vegetables

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bell pepper
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe/Rapini
  • Cabbage
  • Cactus
  • Cardoons
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chile peppers
  • Collard greens
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Escarole
  • Fava beans
  • Fava greens
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Herbs
  • Horseradish
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Lambsquarters
  • Leeks
  • Mizuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Nettles
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Orach
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Purslane
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Salsify
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

Seasonal Meat & Seafood

  • Tuna
  • Blue Crab
  • Calamari squid
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Crawfish
  • Duck
  • Sole
  • Grouper
  • Halibut
  • Lamb
  • Mackerel
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Trout
  • Razor clams
  • Red Snapper
  • Salmon
  • Soft Shell Crab
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia

Food in italic is entering or leaving their peak season, or may only be available in limited quantities. Food in bold is available all year long, but may not consist of one species (for instance, tilapia is a common term for nearly a hundred different cichlid fish) or be imported from different regions of the world at different times of the year (avocados, pineapples) and therefore may have different flavors and characteristics.

Also, please note: While almost all fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood are available in some preserved form out of season and many of the most popular are effectively in season year round, the availability and quality of seasonal foods can vary dramatically according to species, region and natural circumstances (like weather and disease).

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