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Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 24th November 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 24th November 2017

So we’re into the the Christmas season now so maybe its time to move on to Prepared Vegetables. We have Prepped Brussels Sprouts in stock all the time now. If you have any large orders of prepared produce please make sure you pre-order with out Tele-Sales team as everyone has the same idea this time of year and its not guaranteed for next day if ordered late. If you want to discuss prices for prepared, just give them a call for whats available and prices.

French Globe Artichoke have been very short this week, there are some Spanish available but they’re not nearly as big. Asparagus is about the same as last week but can spike in price this time of year. Spanish Aubergines & Cucumbers continue to creep up in price, Spanish Broccoli & English Cauliflower are too. There is some cheaper Dutch Celeriac available but not a patch on the French Celeriac and even though it is dearer it is worth the extra. Green Courgettes remain the same but Yellow Courgettes are extortionate. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps are still pricey. so too is French Spinach. Peppers remain reasonable for this time of year. Wild Mushrooms are not as plentiful and the Cepes are finished.

There seems to be plenty of Blueberries around so hopefully prices will ease, Strawberries have dropped a little but will remain dear for the near future. We’re on the last of the Italian Grapes before we move over to Southern Hemisphere fruit, prices are creeping up and finding good quality fruit is becoming a problem. Brazilian Figs look OK and are a little easier in price, but they’re not the tastiest. Cherries are still all the money, so best avoided. There doesn’t look like there is going to be any easing on the price of Lemons this side of Christmas and Limes are still expensive too. Dutch Indoor Rhubarb is ridiculously expensive so we’re not buying it at present. South African Peaches & Nectarines are good and available.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 17th November 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 17th November 2017

I love this time of year with all the Game that is available and a great way to liven up a dish is with Quince. Whether you Poach, Puree, Roast or turn into a Jelly, I totally recommend the Turkish Quince we are buying at the moment as they look amazing. I’m not sure why Quince is so under used as it is so versatile and when you cook it it gives off such a wonderful floral scent. Much of the produce seems to be up in price this week. Courgettes, Cauliflower, Spinach & Broccoli are dearer. There is some lovely January King Cabbage about that is very reasonable. As the Potato Crop was good this year we don’t expect any change in the prices in the near term apart from a few varieties. Mange-Toute & Sugar Snap have now eased compared to the extortionate prices last week and quality has improved too. There are some Brussels Sprouts Flower Tops available in small quantities by the box and they look interesting? Salad Lettuces are now predominately Spanish, so prices will be dearer now the English has finished. Peppers, Celery, Tomatoes & Aubergines are Spanish too although we are buying some Moroccan Tomatoes when they are a better buy. The Wild Mushroom selection is still good but the Girolles are coming to an end.

Now that European Figs have come to an end, we move on South America and we’re currently Peruvian Figs but prices are much dearer and the fruit is smaller. Turkish & Spanish Pomegranates are big and beautiful with good prices too. Limes are in short supply so they are quite expensive, Lemons are too but there is a little ease in Medium Oranges. The South African Cherries that are available will make a big dent in your pocket so best avoided. Also Peaches & Nectarines arriving now from SA are good enough to eat now and not the bullets that arrived two weeks ago. The new crop French Pink Lady Apples look and eat amazing but they are rather expensive! English Cooking Apples are quite expensive so that doesn’t bode well going forward, expect them too be dear all season. Strawberries are very expensive and the quality of Raspberries is very poor, the other berries are OK but none are particularly good value.

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 3rd December 2017

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 3rd November 2017

Now we’re into November we all want some winter warming vegetables and you can’t go far wrong with English Rainbow Chard, it looks excellent, tastes great, very healthy and hardly any waste. Regular white stemmed French Chard (sometimes called ‘Blette’) is also very good and available too. Itailan Cime de Rapa or Broccoli Rabe is another underused leafy vegetable predominately from Italy. It has a slightly bitter taste taste with nutty undertones and is also available.There are some lovely bunched English Heritage Carrots with their tops tops still on and English Globe Artichokes are very reasonable against the French at twice the price. English Broccoli & Cauliflowers remain a good buy and so too are all the Root Vegetables. Asparagus is now back to a more acceptable price compared to what it has been recently. We’ve still got a few more weeks with English Celery before we switch to Spanish but the Cos & Iceberg Lettuces are now Spanish. Still a good selection of Wild Mushrooms with Girolles being the cheapest. Fresh Chestnuts & Cranberries are available. Cherry Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes-on-the-Vine are both down in price this week. Baby Leeks in a consistent size have been a problem this week, their either too big or too small!

There seems to be a lot of Kaki Fruit available at the moment so prices are very good. Unlike Limes that are very short and increasing in price daily. There are some really bright looking Leafy Clementines around, the Spanish are not bad but the Italian are outstanding and this is reflected in their prices. Satsumas are still the best value though. The Turkish Figs are being replaced by Peruvian Figs and there are plenty of Spanish Pomegranates around in various sizes. South African Nectarines have started but they are very hard and not worth buying just yet. Strawberries continue to get dearer but the rest of the Berries are about the same.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 25th November 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – November 25th 2016

It’s Black Friday alright, but not what you’d expect. Instead of bargains to be had it feels like everything has gone up!

Firstly a lot of the Spanish produce has jumped up, Aubergines have more than doubled in the last 10 days. All Peppers and Courgettes are higher and Yellow Courgettes remain ridiculously high. Broccoli is dearer too, so to is Cauliflower. Jacket Potatoes have taken a hike and the large  sizes will only continue to get dearer. Not everything is doom and gloom though, Leeks, Mange-toute and Fine/XF Beans are all reasonable. So too is all the root crops – Carrots, Parsnips, Swede & Turnips. There is some lovely English Rainbow Chard and Variegated Curly Kale around that is reasonable.

All the Lettuces are pretty much the same as last week, Cherry Tomatoes are a good buy but Cucumbers have jumped in price. English Celery was a good price but it”s finished now and we’re on to the Spanish. Spanish & French Heritage Tomatoes are still great quality.

Easy Peeling Clementines & Satsumas are very good and we’re expecting the Grape prices to ease as more South African produce arrives over the next week or so. The quality of SA Peaches & Nectarines are improving all the time.  Fresh Cranberries, Fresh Chestnuts & Wet Walnuts are all available. The Strawberry price has not improved at all and remain very expensive, Blackberries are too. Raspberries & Blueberries are only marginally better. All Figs are quite expensive especially the Peruvian ones. Cherries, Kumquats & Litchis are all available but can be expensive. Apricots will be starting very soon.

 

 

 

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 11th November 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – November 11th 2016

Despite the recent cold snap English Leeks are still reasonable, Spanish Courgettes, Aubergines & Broccoli are on the rise and Yellow Courgettes remain exorbitantly expensive. French Globe Artichokes are even dearer than last week and should be avoided if possible. All the English Cabbages are good and the Portuguese Hispi Cabbage is excellent. For a change why not use Tri-Colour Chantenay Carrots, they are a colourful alternative if you’ve not tried them yet. Asparagus is creeping up in price so it’s worth keeping an eye on. The Tender Stem Broccoli is English at the moment and very good and there is some very good Green Romanesque about.

All the Lettuces are predominately from Spain at the moment and prices are reasonable. English Celery is almost at an end and we will move over to Spanish in the next week or so. Spanish Tomatoes have eased a little and Peppers are a little dearer this week. English Heritage Tomatoes have finished and it will be Spanish/ French from now on. Red & Yellow Tom Berries are still available and very sweet.

Strawberries remain very expensive, Raspberries & Blackberries are going the same way. Dutch Rhubarb, Grapes & Figs also remain expensive too. Oranges have eased a little and Limes are still good value. We’re buying English Comice & Conference Pears from J G Piper in Kent at the moment as the quality is good and prices reasonable. Spanish Clementines eat very well at the moment and are our easy peeler of choice at present. Lychees are now available but are expensive, South African Peaches are getting better and more plentiful and Nectarines are available now, Still no Apricots at present.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 4th November 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – November 4th 2016

Whilst on this day in 1605 Guy Fawkes was planning to blow up King James 1 the next day, some 300 years later Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen with all his treasures and Gems. Well, we have some Gems this week. English Leeks, Spanish Courgettes & Broccoli are all good value at the moment. Spanish Peppers & Aubergines are reasonable too. The exception is Yellow Courgettes and French Globe Artichokes as they’re outrageously expensive. We’ve switched over to English Leafy Celeriac as opposed to the French as its better value and quality. We are still buying English Rocket in 500g Bags when possible as their still good value, but the Italian bunches are available if you want to pay the extra, just ask when you order. The Potato crop was much smaller this year and that is impacting on prices and availability, so prices are creeping up. Purple Brussels Sprouts & Brussels Stalks are available, but need to be pre-ordered.

All the Lettuces are now Spanish or French so they are a little dearer. The last few dribs and drabs of English Runner Beans have finally finished but we have some Kenyan ones to replace them. Unusually there are some Moroccan Bobby Beans available.

Please be warned…. Strawberries are horrendously expensive at the moment, cut down or avoid if possible. The rest of the Berries are a bit on the dear side but acceptable. Grapes are expected to jump in price as supplies are dwindling and Figs, Air Freight Mangoes, Dutch Rhubarb and New Season South African Peaches are expensive too. Satsumas and Clementines are eating very well and are not badly priced nor are Pineapples. Chinese Chestnuts are now available and half the price of the French (but the French are bigger and better). Apricots, Cherries & Lychees are still not available.