Fruit & Vegetable Market Report January 26th 2016
Where did January go to….
So we’re approaching February already and there’s already signs of Spring as we’ve had some Wild Garlic in already! This is also the time of year for Italian Monks Beard, quality is good but a little pricey. We have some lovely Purple Sporting Broccoli from A C Turner & Son in Essex but as there is limited supplies, prices are a little higher. English Cauliflowers are in short supply so we’re having to buy Spanish & French to fill the demand so prices are a little dearer. Spanish Broccoli is plentiful and prices are good. English and French Jerusalem Artichokes are excellent at the moment, Globe Chokes are reasonably priced too. AVOID Yellow Courgettes as their horrendously expensive. Hass Avocado’s are in short supply, so prices are up. There are limited supplies of English January King Cabbage available and quality and price is good.
No let up in the price of English Forced Rhubarb. Spanish Strawberries are better, but still suffering from ‘White Shoulders’. this is where to top part of the strawberry is white as opposed to being completely red. South African Grapes are up in price and may go higher. Honeydew Melons are up in price too and supply is very tight. Nardicotts are the preferred ‘easy peeler’ at the moment and come with leaf at a premium. South African Peaches & Nectarines are best avoided, they look good but do not eat well, their Plums are good and both Red & Yellow are available.