Best of British Produce – June

Best of British – June

Salads: Round Lettuce, Raddichio, Little Gem, Pousse, Lollo Rosso, Oakleaf, Iceberg Lettuce, Tomatoes (inc. Heritage), Watercress, Micro Cresses
Vegetables: Cauliflower, Swede, Beetroot, Carrots, Leeks, Red & Primo Cabbage, Chantenay Carrots, Broccoli, Piccolo Parsnips, Celery, Cornish Mid Potatoes, Turnips, Green & Purple Kohl Rabi, Savoy Cabbage, Cavalo Nero, Purple & White Sprouting Broccoli, Curly Kale, Asparagus, Wild Asparagus, Peas In Pod
Fruit: Bramley Cooking Apples, Conference Pears, Braeburn Apples, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Raspberries.
Foraging: Wild Garlic Leaf, Nettles

Wild Asparagus

Wild Asparagus

Wild Asparagus is an outstanding vegetable and is our native asparagus and is endemic to Western Europe.
Recent evidence indicates that wild asparagus is a separate species to garden asparagus. The barley like stems reach about 16-24 mm long. The flowers are small and green and produce bright red berries later. The UK has 28 sites on the coasts of southern and south-west England and Wales. Elsewhere, the species occurs on the coasts of many European countries.
It is rare and threatened in Belgium and Ireland, and may be extinct in Germany, but is locally abundant in Spain and parts of France where most of our supplies come from. It mainly occurs within a few hundred metres of the sea in open, grassy vegetation, more rarely in course scrub. It generally occurs on sea cliffs and occasionally on sand dunes.

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – June

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – June 2016

Finally the good weather has brought on the British Produce and Prices and availability has improved for June. Cornish Mid Potatoes have started and are very good. Jersey Royal Potatoes have eased in price as well. English Asparagus is plentiful and available in many sizes, there is also Purple and White, though the French/Belgium White Asparagus does look better. Wild Asparagus is still available. English Spring Cabbage and Hispi is very good, so to is the Curly Kale. Spanish Broccoli is still very expensive, but the English is due to start soon so hopefully prices will ease. Cauliflower is better value now, so too is Spanish Courgettes and Aubergines, though Leeks remain a bit pricey. The first of the English Peas in Pod have arrived but as they are few, they are expensive. Most of the English Lettuces have started and are much better value and good quality. English Tomatoes are available but at a premium to the Dutch/Belgium. English Heritage Tomatoes from Nutbourne Nursery have a really good selection in and taste amazing. Wild Garlic is still available and has the flower on it too.

All Melons are getting cheaper by the week as more arrive from the continent, predominately from Spain. The Cantaloupe Melons from Italy are much better for only a little extra in price. Peaches, Nectarines, Plums and Apricots are also getting more plentiful and eating better now. English & Belgium Strawberries are very good but holding up in price, Early English Raspberries have begun and prices are easing. Blueberries are also reasonable. Easy Peeler’s are going to remain expensive for a while yet as there is very little around that are any good. Lemons too are very expensive, though Spanish has started and as volumes increase, prices should ease.