Scarlette F1

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 2nd July 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report –  2nd July 2017

The fascination for growers to turn all things purple is never ending. We’ve had Asparagus , Cauliflower, Carrots, Kale, Chicory, Broccoli, Radish, Little Gem… the list goes on. Its not to say its not a good thing and often is, so this week I’d like to highlight Purple Chinese Leaf. It has been around for a couple of years now, its official variety name is ‘Scarlette F1′ and with its neon pink leaves and mild pepperness taste is actually very good and worth a try.

English Frizzy Endive has improved and worth buying now, its also a lot cheaper than the French or Spanish. We’ve stuck to buying the French Leeks over the English as they’re both good but the French are better value. Peruvian Asparagus is very tight and is not particularly the best and prices are high. Heritage Tomatoes & English Broccoli are dearer this week too. For something a little different there is some lovely produce coming from Italy – White & Pale Aubergines, Cima de Rappa and Courgettes Flowers. We’re hoping by the end of next week we may get the first of the New Crop Agria Potatoes and that they will cook well? The Wild Mushroom selection is still poor and putting the cultivated varieties aside there only seems to be Chanterelle & Girrolle available

Spanish Water Melons are now arriving en masse so prices are getting better. European Apples are coming to an end and we’ll move over to southern hemisphere fruit shortly, hence prices have risen. English Cherries are excellent, they’re only available for a short while and as we don’t grow them in huge volumes they never really get that cheap. Limes have joined the rest of the Citrus and have jumped up in price. All varieties, shapes and flesh colour of Peaches & Nectarines are available and they all eat very well. As anticipated, Strawberries have gone up in price, hopefully it will be short lived? Although there are some English Blackberries available, none seem to match the quality of the Dutch at the moment.