Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 28th October 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – October 28th 2016

With Halloween this weekend, Pumpkins have been selling well but for flavour we suggest the French Iron Bark Pumpkins, the regular UK Pumpkin is tasteless compared to them. All the English Cabbages are very good at the moment, we have Savoy, Hispi, Primo & Spring Greens. English Leeks are getting better value, so too is the Purple Sprouting Broccoli.

Spanish produce is becoming more plentiful so that means the Peppers & Aubergines are easing in price. Now that the Spanish Chillies are arriving, the prices should ease. The Spanish Courgettes are still good value but they are expected to jump in price as volumes decrease, we also recommend avoiding Yellow Courgettes as prices are extortionate. The smaller English Onion crop this year has kept prices higher so the price premium to the Spanish Onions is not much so we may move over to them as the quality is better.

Beef & Plum Vine Tomatoes prices are much higher, but Cherry Tomatoes are coming down. English Cos Lettuce has jumped up in price and the quality of English Iceberg Lettuce is not as good, it won’t be long until we switch to Spanish. Spanish Cucumbers are reasonable.

Spanish Satsumas have commenced and the quality is good, Spanish Clementines with Leaf have also started. Oranges continue to be a problem and prices are at an all time high. Dutch Rhubarb is expensive at the moment, so to are Kumquats. There are no Cherries, Apricots & Litchis available at the moment. Although there are still some Peaches & Nectarines available the quality is very poor and are best avoided. Pomegranates are very good and we can also get fresh prepared de-seeded Pomegranate seeds in 1kg bags (call for prices). Mangoes are dearer as the only good ones are the Air Freight ones. Strawberries are expensive at present and all the Berries are on the dear side.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 7th October 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – October 7th 2016

You name it there’s probably a Pumpkin/Squash named after it… Acorn, Harlequin, Turks Turban, Kermite, Wee-be-Little, Munchkin to name but a few! There is always an abundance on the market in October and they vary in taste and texture unlike the English Marrows that’s also available but lacks the punch of it’s cousins and hence is no longer favoured. The French Chestnuts are the first to hit the market and they are very good and large but unfortunately so is the price tag. The Globe Artichokes from France are very good too but they have gone up this week. English Broccoli has been reasonable over the last couple of weeks but prices have risen sharply now, English Cauliflower is increasing too on the back of it. Courgettes are nearing the end of their glut and prices will rise as we go from feast to famine in availability. English Runner beans are almost to their end now. Tomatoes in general have risen in price, but none more so than Plum-on-Vine Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes are dearer this week too. We have some nice Orange Baby Plum Tomatoes in Punnets at the moment from Cambridge and their not much more in price than the regular ones and they eat well too. There are some lovely sweet English Romero Peppers available, so I would take advantage of them.

Once a year we’re treated to small shipments of the infamous Bergamot Orange (see pic) these lemony looking gems (unrelated to the herb, Bergamot) have the most amazing fragrance in their skin and grown predominately in Calabria in Southern Italy. Not grown for its flesh, though it is edible, but the value is in the essence extracted from the aromatic skin of this sour fruit. There is quite a lot of Kaki Fruit and Pomegranates around at the moment so they’re both reasonable. Regular Oranges of all sizes are pricey at present. With the arrival of more Mexican Limes the price has tumbled back to a more sensible place, Spanish Lemons are more abundant too so prices are stabilising. All the Berries are up in price and we’re slowly moving over to Spanish Raspberries as the English end. There are a few more varieties of Easy Peelers coming to market, once we’ve tasted and tried them, then weeded out the best, we’ll change over.