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August produce is nature's bounty. Heat-loving aubergines, courgettes, leeks and peas. Early apples, pears and plums are ready to be picked, and don't forget to make the most of other summer favourites including strawberries, cherries and raspberries.
With such an abundance of seasonal produce it's time to get in the kitchen and make the most of everything August has to offer. To give you a helping hand here are some seasonal recipe collections.
Venison has a flavour reminiscent of beef, but is richer and can have a gamey note. Venison tends to have a finer texture and is leaner than comparable cuts of beef.
We love the delicate flavour of new season spring lamb, so why not try some of our favourite recipes.
Packed with brain-boosting omega 3 fatty acids salmon is incredibly good for you and it doesn't taste half bad either. Here's some of our best salmon recipes to get your tastebuds going.
If you're going to splash out and have lobster, it's important to know what you are doing. We've rounded up our pick of dishes to help you get creative with crustaceans.
Mackerel is one of our favourite oily fish, plus it tastes great!
Spinach is a great source of vitamins. It's popular, delicious and versatile in salads, pasta, pies and tarts.
Obama hates it, but we – and millions of others – love the earthy flavour and versatile nature of nutritious beetroot. Here are some beetroot recipes, including a cake (don't knock it until you've tried it).
Versatile, easy to grow and low in calories, there's more to the courgette than being a staple in ratatouille or veggie lasagne.
Leeks may look like giant spring onions but that's because they're from the same family. They're also related to garlic, and this pungent flavour comes through, though their taste is much more subtle.
To Brits they're the exotic aubergine, to Americans and Australians the eggplant – most think it's a vegetable but it's actually a berry, and you'll find it in an array of global cuisines, for good reason.
Love peas but never quite sure what to do with them? Serve them mushy with fish and chips, pureed with a little mint, or add to salads, pasta dishes or risottos. Alternatively, blitz them up and make a pea soup.
Chard is a useful and versatile vegetable. Sow the rainbow variety and marvel at the array of colours it produces. Enjoy its earthy taste and bright colours with these delicious recipes.
Broccoli has twice the vitamin C of an orange and as much calcium as whole milk. To keep those nutrients in lightly steam until the broccoli turns bright green and is still a little firm.
They're not currants, they're berries, and they're jam-packed full of goodness.
British plums are in season late summer and taste perfectly sweet and/or tart. They are versatile stone fruit and develop an intense flavour when cooked.
Raspberries are set to benefit from the recent weather conditions and will be bigger and juicier than ever this summer, say British berry growers. The perfect mix of sweet and tart, celebrate them with these wonderful recipes.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and totally delicious. Whether they're in muffins, pancakes or served simply with a dollop of yoghurt these little blue beauties are a real treat!
Cherries are one of Britain's best-loved ingredients and are enjoying a well deserved revival. Celebrate this wonderful fruit with our favourite cherry recipes.
It's strawberry season, hallelujah, and our fresh strawberry recipes are sweet treats of loveliness.
With their delicate taste, and easy availability, pears are ideal fodder for salads, desserts and with cheese, as our pear recipes show. The only problem is that they're not eaten enough, but you can change this!
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