Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 23rd January 2018
Well, another year is upon us and thankfully it’s a better start than last year as we had the really bad weather in Spain that made some produce almost non existent and very expensive. That isn’t to say we’ve got away scot-free this year as there are a few short lines. Spanish Aubergines are in short supply so have jumped up this week so too are good sized Cauliflowers. Green Courgettes are moderately expensive but the Yellow Courgettes are extortionate! Savoy, January King, Portuguese Hispi, Spring Green & Primo Cabbages are all good quality and reasonably priced. English Jerusalem Artichokes are lovely and a good price. Heritage/Rainbow Vegetables continue to grow in popularity and add great colour as well as flavour to many dishes. I recommend the Rainbow Chard as its great and a firm favourite of mine.
Cucumbers continue to rise in price as supplies ease up, Rocket has eased a little in price but Mizuna has been almost non existent. Tomatoes are a mixture of Spanish or Moroccan and where the Moroccan are better value we’ll buy them, otherwise we’re stick to the Spanish.
Melons are all dearer this week and they look to stay that way for the near future. Pineapples & Plums too have jumped in price. Now is the time of year to make your Marmalade as the bitter Seville Oranges are only available for a little while. Blood Oranges are also in season now and the colour is coming on too, these have a sweeter taste and look great also. This time of year sees the start of the Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, this is rhubarb at its best so it comes at a premium but worth the extra. South African Apricots are available, so too are Peaches & Nectarines but it wouldn’t recommend them.