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!).