The start of summer brings with it a rich variety of fruits and berries, while seafood, beef and lamb are also available in June. Look out for food festivals where you can sample the very best of Scotland's natural larder, too.
- Berries and currants – June is berry season in Scotland, with gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries and tayberries (a hybrid of the blackberry and raspberry) all in abundance. Cherries, blackcurrants and redcurrants also come into season. Pick your own at fruit farms around Scotland, then take them home to enjoy in jams, desserts, or simply as a sweet snack.
- Fresh greens – tuck into broad beans, peas, runner beans and mangetout, as well as asparagus and healthy leaves such as kale and Swiss chard. Add a touch of colour to summer salads with fresh beetroot, carrots and summer squash, or spice up your meals with locally-grown chillis. Although chillis are grown all around Scotland, if you're passing by make sure you pop to Langholm in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland's Chilli Capital!
- Lobster – splash out on lobster from Scotland's coasts. The highly-sought shellfish is at its peak in June and July, so enjoy it with scallops and green vegetables, in a summer salad or served with hand-cut chips.
The Royal Highland Show takes place just outside Edinburgh each June. As well as a chance to learn about the country's agriculture, the show's popular food and drink hall is a great place to sample the best Scottish produce. Dig into a mouth-watering beef or venison burgers, stock up on bacon and pork sausages or taste Scottish gin, cheese and chocolate.
July offers a vibrant spectrum of tastes and colours, with succulent seafood, sweet berries and a wide range of fresh vegetables all on the table. Pick your own treats at fruit farms around the country or throw some succulent Scottish meat on the barbecue for a quick and tasty meal.
- Berries – July is Scotland's most colourful month. Snack on sweet blueberries and juicy plums, or bake your own fruit tarts using gooseberries, rhubarb or raspberries – a perfect treat for a summer picnic.
- Mushrooms – foragers will start to come across wild mushrooms including ceps and chanterelles. Be careful when foraging for mushrooms as some can be poisonous - check out NatureScot's foraging information for safe foraging guidance.
- Seafood – July's variety isn't limited to fruit and vegetables! You'll also find a wide range of seafood on the menu this month, from clams and cockles to winkles and whiting. Lemon sole and plaice are excellent at this time of year, as are lobster and crab.
August is another bountiful month and perfect for foraging. Look out for fresh grouse when the game season opens, or wander Scotland's woodlands for a chance to find blaeberries, wild cherries and mushrooms.
- Apples – the first autumn apples start appearing in August.
- Cloudberries – this berry is one for the adventurous foragers! They're only available in a few mountainous areas, available from late August into September.
- Squid – is particularly good at this time of year. Try it barbecued for a quick and tasty summer snack.
- Lemon sole – also at its best in August and one of the more sustainable flatfish, it makes a great substitute for plaice. Bring out its delicate flavour by tray-baking fillets with tomatoes and other vegetables, or pair it with fresh Scottish scallops, also available this month.
- Lamb – Scotch lamb is excellent in autumn, and you'll find the first cuts on sale in late August. Lamb chops and roasted summer squash make for a tasty dinner on a warm summer evening, while kebabs with mushrooms and tomatoes are great for barbecues.
- Grouse – grouse season begins in mid-August, so look out for fresh game towards the end of the month. This rich meat is delicious when roasted and perfectly paired with wild mushrooms, red cabbage, celeriac or kale, all available locally.
- Last chance to try... summer squash – enjoy the last of the summer squash, perhaps in a soup, a salad or served with meat.