Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – 23rd July 2019

We’re now in the worst month of the year for finding a good Potato that will chip or roast. Whilst we look for the best of what’s left from last year’s crop (that were dug up some 8 months ago) or the first of the early crops that are mature enough in size and starch content. High-starch potatoes have densely packed starch cells that swell and separate from one another when cooked, resulting in a dry, fluffy texture. High-starch potatoes also make creamy mashed potatoes and french fries with a flaky interior. This time of year the natural process of the starch turning into sugar in old crop potatoes makes them burn easily before crisping and hence a sweet taste.

Due to a bad USA Sweet Potato crop earlier this year the price is more than double that of last year and we’re having to source from Argentina & South Africa to meet demand.

English Broccoli is still expensive for this time of year but Cauliflowers are looking more plentiful and should ease in price. English Runner Beans are great at the moment, so to is the English Rainbow Chard from Kent. English Broad Beans, Peas in Pod, Courgettes, Marrows, Savoy Cabbage & Romanesque are all great quality too. There’s even a few English Mange-Toute & Sugar Snaps!

All Tomatoes (except Beef Toms) are in short supply and prices remain high, even the English Heritage Tomatoes are priced so high we need to buy from the Continent. Avocadoes are expensive too and will get get even more expensive over the next few weeks at least due to a massive shortage arriving to the UK. Cucumbers have jumped in price this week also.

English Strawberries, Raspberries & Blackberries are getting more plentiful and prices are generally easing. Peaches, Nectarines & Apricots are still very good, French Greengages have just started and there are still Cherries available. Galia & Canteloupe Melon are the best value melons at the moment.

Unfortunately, Satsumas are ending shortly and we will have to move onto New Season Nardicotts and initially they won’t be as sweet as these lovely easy peelers.