Pineberries & Strasberries

Pineberries & Strasberries

Strasberry

The ‘Strasberry’ or ‘Framberry’ was “born” in South America in the 1900s but virtually disappeared for the last half century until some Dutch growers rediscovered it. It is a fast growing hardy fruit that has a unique fragrance and  aromatic flavour that your taste buds will find confusing.

Pineberry

They look like an illusion, but these small fruits are like an inverted strawberry and was recently bought back from extinction from a hybrid created from a cross between two North and South American varieties. The fruit flesh can range from soft white to orange and is very fragrant with a slight pineapple flavour.

Best of British Produce – April

Best of British – April

Salads: Round Lettuce, Raddichio, Little Gem, Pousse, Watercress,
Vegetables: Cauliflower, Leeks, Swede, Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips, Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Red & Primo Cabbage, Chantenay Carrots, Piccolo Parsnips, Celery, Mid Potatoes, Turnips, Green & Purple Kohl Rabi, Savoy Cabbage, Cavalo Nero, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Curly Kale, Asparagus
Fruit: Bramley Cooking Apples, Conference Pears, Braeburn Apples, Forced Yorkshire Rhubarb, Strawberries.
Foraging: Wild Garlic Leaf, Nettles

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 15th April

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 15th April

New Season Italian Broad Beans Peas in Pod are more readily available now and are excellent. As mentioned before, Nutbourne Farm in West Sussex in now up and running with their Heritage Tomatoes that are excellent and now in stock. Wild Garlic & Nettles are available,English Cauliflowers are priced more reasonable now after their recent high prices and this had a knock on effect forBroccoli but that’s levelled out too. Jersey Royal Potatoeshave been a struggle to get, although there has been some ‘Chats’ available which are the tiny little sized ones. January King Cabbage is difficult to source and Purple & White Sprouting Broccoli is still expensive. English Asparagus is around and quality is good but the prices are still very much on the high side.
Chilean Cherries remain very pricey but are available. English Outdoor Rhubarb is becoming more readily available and this is reflected in the price easing, but Dutch Indoor Rhubarbremains on the dear side. English Braeburn Apples from M.J. Eastwood Farm in Kent are still crispy and eat very good but are coming to an end. South African Plums are available in Red and Yellow and eat well. Moroccan Peaches also eat well but are quite expensive. Spanish Strawberries are a good buy at the moment while there is plenty around and quality is good. We still have good Blood Oranges available, but Lychees are non existent.