Vegetables to grow in your garden and summer recipes to try with your harvest

With 'Vegetables from an Italian Garden' you can find out when to plant and how best to use your home-grown ingredients
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Sweetcorn, tomatoes and aubergines (eggplants) are widely available throughout the summer season

1 / 17 Sweetcorn, tomatoes and aubergines (eggplants) are widely available throughout the summer season

Rosemary focaccia

2 / 17 Rosemary focaccia

Herbs such as parsley, basil and sage and a bowl of freshly picked rocket (arugula)

3 / 17 Herbs such as parsley, basil and sage and a bowl of freshly picked rocket (arugula)

Rocket and taleggio pie

4 / 17 Rocket and taleggio pie

Peppers with breadcrumbs and capers

5 / 17 Peppers with breadcrumbs and capers

Bell peppers and sweetcorn

6 / 17 Bell peppers and sweetcorn

Pasta with sweetcorn, pancetta and baby spinach

7 / 17 Pasta with sweetcorn, pancetta and baby spinach

Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes

8 / 17 Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes

Beef tomatoes and green beans

9 / 17 Beef tomatoes and green beans

Green bean loaf

10 / 17 Green bean loaf

Fennel and pink grapefruit

11 / 17 Fennel and pink grapefruit

Fennel and courgettes (zucchini) with the flowers still attached

12 / 17 Fennel and courgettes (zucchini) with the flowers still attached

Courgettes, beans and prawns

13 / 17 Courgettes, beans and prawns

Cold cucumber cream soup

14 / 17 Cold cucumber cream soup

Cucumber and aubergine

15 / 17 Cucumber and aubergine

Aubergine Parmigiana

16 / 17 Aubergine Parmigiana

Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are widely available throughout the summer season

17 / 17 Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are widely available throughout the summer season


If green is the dominant colour of the spring vegetable garden, the entire colour spectrum is on display in summer, when the longer days and warmer temperatures encourage vegetables to flourish.

The abundance of summer produce is the highlight of the growing year. Juicy ripe tomatoes, sweet peppers and tender aubergines are all integral ingredients in Italian home cooking, and they will not taste more delicious at any other time of year.

Vegetables from an Italian Garden showcases some of the most inventive ways of cooking summer vegetables with season-by-season recipes from the Silver Spoon Kitchen. Cold cucumber cream soup or fennel and pink grapefruit make refreshing dishes for dining al fresco. Peppers can be combined with eggs, olives, and capers, stuffed or used in risotto and young courgettes can be added to flans or made into pesto with almonds and mint, while their flowers are widely used in salads or stuffed and served as a first course.

 

For tips on growing your own vegetables follow the link to the Vegetables from an Italian Garden Harvest Chart.


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