Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 15th April
New Season Italian Broad Beans & Peas in Pod are more readily available now and are excellent. As mentioned before, Nutbourne Farm in West Sussex in now up and running with their Heritage Tomatoes that are excellent and now in stock. Wild Garlic & Nettles are available,English Cauliflowers are priced more reasonable now after their recent high prices and this had a knock on effect forBroccoli but that’s levelled out too. Jersey Royal Potatoeshave been a struggle to get, although there has been some ‘Chats’ available which are the tiny little sized ones. January King Cabbage is difficult to source and Purple & White Sprouting Broccoli is still expensive. English Asparagus is around and quality is good but the prices are still very much on the high side.
Chilean Cherries remain very pricey but are available. English Outdoor Rhubarb is becoming more readily available and this is reflected in the price easing, but Dutch Indoor Rhubarbremains on the dear side. English Braeburn Apples from M.J. Eastwood Farm in Kent are still crispy and eat very good but are coming to an end. South African Plums are available in Red and Yellow and eat well. Moroccan Peaches also eat well but are quite expensive. Spanish Strawberries are a good buy at the moment while there is plenty around and quality is good. We still have good Blood Oranges available, but Lychees are non existent.