Fruit & Vegetable Market Report – September 30th 2016
One of my favourite treats of autumn is munching through a hand full of Wet Walnuts. These are fresh walnuts that have not been dried for keeping. They are crunchy with a milky, mild walnut taste and excellent with a soft cheese, in a salad or a sauce and you don’t need nutcrackers to open them. Another Autumnal favourite is Pumpkins & Squashes, there is a vast selection available and is a must for your menu. For a bit of colour there is a Baby Chantenay mix of White, Purple & Orange Carrots. We have some Lovely Spring Green form Baxters Farm in Lancashire and were getting the last of the Runner Beans & Purple Sprouting Broccoli from N.E. Revill & Son in Worcs. Unfortunately the English Peas & Broad Beans are finished now. Cauliflower, Broccoli and Courgettes are still good value. We have also had in some astounding New Season English Torpedo Banana Shallots from Parrish Farm in Bedfordshire. We’ve now switched to French Lollo & Oakleaf, but the English Cos, Little Gem and Iceberg is still very good. The Wild Mushroom selection is as good as you’d expect for this time of year.
Pineapples continue to ease as more arrive, Canadian Cherries are still ridiculously expensive but are quite good. Peaches & Nectarines may still look okay but really should be avoided as they really don’t eat very well. Brazilian Honeydew & Water Melons remain on the pricey side, but there are Cantaloupe Melons coming from Italy and Brazil so they have eased in price. This week we’ve had some humongous Blueberries from Peru and they eat well too. English Raspberries are still good but Strawberries whether English or Continental remain a problem in quality. The small French Mirabelle Plums are quite nice but the Portuguese Laetitia Plums are really good. English Early Windsor & Cox’s Apples are not to be forgotten or the Crispy early Conference Pears. Still no Lychees available.