Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 24th November 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 24th November 2017

So we’re into the the Christmas season now so maybe its time to move on to Prepared Vegetables. We have Prepped Brussels Sprouts in stock all the time now. If you have any large orders of prepared produce please make sure you pre-order with out Tele-Sales team as everyone has the same idea this time of year and its not guaranteed for next day if ordered late. If you want to discuss prices for prepared, just give them a call for whats available and prices.

French Globe Artichoke have been very short this week, there are some Spanish available but they’re not nearly as big. Asparagus is about the same as last week but can spike in price this time of year. Spanish Aubergines & Cucumbers continue to creep up in price, Spanish Broccoli & English Cauliflower are too. There is some cheaper Dutch Celeriac available but not a patch on the French Celeriac and even though it is dearer it is worth the extra. Green Courgettes remain the same but Yellow Courgettes are extortionate. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps are still pricey. so too is French Spinach. Peppers remain reasonable for this time of year. Wild Mushrooms are not as plentiful and the Cepes are finished.

There seems to be plenty of Blueberries around so hopefully prices will ease, Strawberries have dropped a little but will remain dear for the near future. We’re on the last of the Italian Grapes before we move over to Southern Hemisphere fruit, prices are creeping up and finding good quality fruit is becoming a problem. Brazilian Figs look OK and are a little easier in price, but they’re not the tastiest. Cherries are still all the money, so best avoided. There doesn’t look like there is going to be any easing on the price of Lemons this side of Christmas and Limes are still expensive too. Dutch Indoor Rhubarb is ridiculously expensive so we’re not buying it at present. South African Peaches & Nectarines are good and available.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 17th November 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 17th November 2017

I love this time of year with all the Game that is available and a great way to liven up a dish is with Quince. Whether you Poach, Puree, Roast or turn into a Jelly, I totally recommend the Turkish Quince we are buying at the moment as they look amazing. I’m not sure why Quince is so under used as it is so versatile and when you cook it it gives off such a wonderful floral scent. Much of the produce seems to be up in price this week. Courgettes, Cauliflower, Spinach & Broccoli are dearer. There is some lovely January King Cabbage about that is very reasonable. As the Potato Crop was good this year we don’t expect any change in the prices in the near term apart from a few varieties. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snap have now eased compared to the extortionate prices last week and quality has improved too. There are some Brussels Sprouts Flower Tops available in small quantities by the box and they look interesting? Salad Lettuces are now predominately Spanish, so prices will be dearer now the English has finished. Peppers, Celery, Tomatoes & Aubergines are Spanish too although we are buying some Moroccan Tomatoes when they are a better buy. The Wild Mushroom selection is still good but the Girolles are coming to an end.

Now that European Figs have come to an end, we move on South America and we’re currently Peruvian Figs but prices are much dearer and the fruit is smaller. Turkish & Spanish Pomegranates are big and beautiful with good prices too. Limes are in short supply so they are quite expensive, Lemons are too but there is a little ease in Medium Oranges. The South African Cherries that are available will make a big dent in your pocket so best avoided. Also Peaches & Nectarines arriving now from SA are good enough to eat now and not the bullets that arrived two weeks ago. The new crop French Pink Lady Apples look and eat amazing but they are rather expensive! English Cooking Apples are quite expensive so that doesn’t bode well going forward, expect them too be dear all season. Strawberries are very expensive and the quality of Raspberries is very poor, the other berries are OK but none are particularly good value.

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 3rd December 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 3rd November 2017

Now we’re into November we all want some winter warming vegetables and you can’t go far wrong with English Rainbow Chard, it looks excellent, tastes great, very healthy and hardly any waste. Regular white stemmed French Chard (sometimes called ‘Blette’) is also very good and available too. Itailan Cime de Rapa or Broccoli Rabe is another underused leafy vegetable predominately from Italy. It has a slightly bitter taste taste with nutty undertones and is also available.There are some lovely bunched English Heritage Carrots with their tops tops still on and English Globe Artichokes are very reasonable against the French at twice the price. English Broccoli & Cauliflowers remain a good buy and so too are all the Root Vegetables. Asparagus is now back to a more acceptable price compared to what it has been recently. We’ve still got a few more weeks with English Celery before we switch to Spanish but the Cos & Iceberg Lettuces are now Spanish. Still a good selection of Wild Mushrooms with Girolles being the cheapest. Fresh Chestnuts & Cranberries are available. Cherry Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes-on-the-Vine are both down in price this week. Baby Leeks in a consistent size have been a problem this week, their either too big or too small!

There seems to be a lot of Kaki Fruit available at the moment so prices are very good. Unlike Limes that are very short and increasing in price daily. There are some really bright looking Leafy Clementines around, the Spanish are not bad but the Italian are outstanding and this is reflected in their prices. Satsumas are still the best value though. The Turkish Figs are being replaced by Peruvian Figs and there are plenty of Spanish Pomegranates around in various sizes. South African Nectarines have started but they are very hard and not worth buying just yet. Strawberries continue to get dearer but the rest of the Berries are about the same.