Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 13th February 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 13th February 2018

Mmm… Pancake day. Personally I quite like pancakes and needless to say so does our Super Salesman Matt, who said he likes this tradition and will probably have a few later, but he wasn’t quite so polite when asked what he was giving up for Lent!

Not a lot of change from last week, English Jerusalem Artichokes still very good, Mexican Asparagus has eased a little this week. Aubergines are still creeping up in price. We’re buying English & Belgian Leeks, depending on whats best value on the day. All the Root Vegetables are still good value. ‘Kallettes’ is a relatively new cross between Brussels Sprouts and Baby Kale and is a popular fashionable product at the moment and with its sweet nutty flavour it is well worth a try. There is also some lovely Purple Kale and Purple Kohl Rabi on the market. Cucumbers remain pricey but all the Lettuces and Tomatoes are steady and much the same. Kenyan Fine Beans, Sugar Snaps & Mange Toute are all reasonable and quality is good.

The Forced Rhubarb from the Yorkshire Triangle is a great as ever and has come down in price a little, this never gets as cheap as outdoor Rhubarb as its a far superior product. Blood Oranges still available but the Seville (marmalade) Oranges seem to have finished. Redcurrants are at they’re usual seasonally high price as expected for this time of year. Raspberries have been very expensive too as production is down by up to 50% in Spain due to the cold weather, this has had an impact on Strawberries too. There’s not much choice in Plums at the moment, we’re buying ‘Lady Red’ South African Plums, they are a good firm plum but are a bit pricey. Nardacotts are the choice of easy peeler at the moment as Clementines are all but finished. English Braeburn Apples are very good  and there is still English Cox’s & Gala Apples available. Bananas remain in short supply and will do for a few more weeks yet. Galia Melon is probably the best value Melon and Water Melons remain expensive.

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 2nd February 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 2nd February 2018

Just like the novelty song “Yes, we have no bananas” from 1923, we too are suffering from a shortage of Bananas, this has led to a jump in price. Currently it is a culmination of a few factors – less being shipped during the holidays, productivity problems in Honduras & Guatemala and shortages in Columbia. There is a bigger possible problem looming known as the ‘Panama Disease’ that is a threat to nearly all Bananas grown, as most commercially grown Bananas are all the same variety known as ‘Cavendish’.

Water Melons are in very short supply and prices have jumped dramatically. Galia & Canteloupe are the best value in Melons as Honeydew are creeping up too.  Kiwi prices remain dear and so too are Pineapples. Apricots are available but are a bit on the small side. Italian Comice Pears and English/Dutch Comice pears are both good. Apples continue to be a problem as there was a much smaller crop harvested across Europe this year due to cold weather problems earlier last year. Small Apples are a particular problem and will only tighter. Blackberries, Raspberries and Redcurrants are all dearer this week, Strawberries are reasonable but there is quality issues and many are coming in with excessive white on the caps/shoulder of the fruit. Blood Oranges are very good and should be on your menu as they’re only available for a short period.

Aubergines have eased from the recent hikes in price. Peppers prices are all over the place but Green remain the cheapest. Monks Beard, a favourite with many chefs is available from Italy now and will be around for about a month. Brussels Sprouts are ‘not just for Christmas’ and are still around. Parsley & Chervil Root is available but not within everyone’s budget. Broccoli is slowly creeping up in price and Cauliflowers are up in price already and getting dearer. Wild Mushrooms are more expensive, Chanterelles are almost non-existent, but the French Morels look very good (if you can afford them!).