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Fruit & Vegetable Market Report October 27th 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report October 27th 2015

It’s widely thought that Halloween originated in the USA, but not so…. A roguish Irishman known as Stingy Jack, who tricked the devil was doomed to wander the earth for all eternity with only an ember of hell-fire to light his way. Forward to the 1800s and people were applying the name “jack-o’-lantern” to a homemade object more commonly known before that as a “turnip lantern”. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities. Which brings me to the current day and despite the short supply of Pumpkins this year, we’ve managed to secure them in 3 sizes, sm, med & large. This common orange variety of Pumpkin is not the best tasting by far so we have many other varieties available (call us for prices). Chantenay Carrots now do a Heritage Mix and its very good and worth a try. Parsley root is now available for those asking.
There are now plenty of the cheaper Chinese Chestnuts available. Brussels Sprouts are plentiful, so too is the choice of Wild Mushrooms around. Peruvian Asparagus has eased in price, so too has English Broccoli & Cauliflower. The Spanish Peppers are now replacing the Dutch and prices are easing, but Spanish Aubergines remain the same.
The Spanish Okitsu Satsumas are now tasting better and are a cheaper replacement for the now finished Nardicots. Despite moving onto Spanish Lemons, demand is strong and prices remain dear. All Berries have jumped in price and are quite expensive. English Comice & Conference Pears from J.G. Piper in Kent eat well and are reasonably priced. Now’s a good time to buy to make Quince Jelly as we have some good French ones available. Still no Kaffir Limes, Curry Leaves & Lychees. Supplies of Turkish Figs are now thinning out so expect prices to rise. Cherries are now on the market but prices are steep.