Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – September 16th 2016
Oh no……, not Brussels Sprouts! You know Christmas is only round the corner when these appear on the market. Don’t get me wrong as I love Xmas and I don’t even mind Brussels Sprouts, but I just wish it wouldn’t come around this quick.
Whilst on this theme… Parsnips are more plentiful and a little cheaper, loose Chestnuts are not readily available yet but there are some expensive French Chestnuts in their Cobs available. This time of year there are some great Pumpkins and Squashes around and they greatly vary in colour, size and taste. They should definitely be on your menu somewhere, some of the varieties available are Harlequin, Onion, Gem, Crown Prince and Kabocha Squash, far tastier than our own classic Orange Pumpkin variety. English Corn-on-Cob is still a good buy and Courgettes arriving from just about every European country keep the prices reasonable. English leeks are much better now and more plentiful so we expect prices to ease. Mid Potatoes are getting dearer which is unusual for this time of year. English Broccoli is both good quality and cheaper in price. The French Celeriac with leaf looks outstanding at the moment, a lot better than the English unfortunately. The price of Peppers regardless of colour are all over the place at the moment, so too is Aubergines as there are Spanish arriving too.
Lemons are finally getting cheaper, but the same cannot be said about the Limes, there seems to be enough around but prices are still quite steep. Pineapples remain expensive also and there’s no sign of easing just yet. English Russet Apples, the true classic apple of ‘Waldorf Salad’ is now available, also English Cox’s Apples are starting to arrive. English Victoria Plums may have all but finished but there are still some English ‘Marjorie’s Seedling’ Plums about that are a redder looking variety. If your one of those people that love crispy hard English Conference Pears then now the time to buy them. English Blueberries & Raspberries are still good but the Strawberries are coming to an end and we”ll probably switch to Dutch or Belgium shortly. Lastly, forget about Cherries, the price is horrendous and the quality is now poor and there are still no Lychees available.