Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 19th May 2017
It seems to be the norm these days that everything is available all year round and give or take it, it normally is – albeit you will pay more for it at some stage or other. But being available is not meaning its always the best all the time, so it is refreshing when you have produce that is in its prime and right now the Italian Cantaloupe Melons we have in stock are just that- PERFECT. Their nectarous taste is second to none and is a must buy at the moment.
In fact all the Melons are pretty good right now that we’ve moved away from South America Melons completely. French Apricots eat very well too and there are some Fresh French Almonds available, still green and whole. Spanish Peaches & Nectarines are more plentiful and great quality, there are some Flat varieties around but their not good enough yet so stick to the round ones for now. English Strawberries are appearing in small quantities and as their forced, their a bit fragile and over priced at the moment. Blueberries are reasonable still.
A first for me today was a new berry called Bananaberry, needless to say it has taste reminiscent of banana trapped in a mini white strawberry! It joins the other new hybrid cross breeds like Pineberries, Strasberries & Bubbleberry, they also tell me there is a Peachberry available soon too. Please note though that these berries are not cheap and you may need to pre-order them. Elsewhere on the market we have seen the expected seasonal jump in price of Lemons and Kiwi that happens about this time each year.
The recent rain has been a big relief for farmers so expect even more English Produce to arrive in it’s droves now. The first of this seasons Broad Beans were welcomed and are a great addition to any Spring Menu. As already mentioned last week all English Lettuces are excellent, so too are English Tomatoes & Cucumbers. We have some lovely English Purple Globe Artichokes that have the benefit of being organic too. I cannot fail to mention English Asparagus due to it’s short season and again a product in it’s prime right now. Wild Mushrooms are still thin on the ground, there have been some Girolles & Cepes available but quality is poor. Cauliflowers remain dear and there are few Orange around but no Purple. Broccoli, Peppers & Aubergines are much the same as last week.