Still plenty of British grown produce to choose from and things like Brussels Tops from Lincolnshire, are still plentiful and are packed with flavour and nutrition, so shouldn’t just be used in December! December time. There is some very good Savoy Cabbage which is grown less than 50 miles (Beds.) from Central London. Again from Lincs., January King Cabbage is starting to come through in larger quantities, which with its purple outer leaves and sweeter flavour is a great addition for January menus. (These 3 brassicas are below)
We make no apologies for beating the drum about Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb again, simply because it is a unique British product with protected origin. Sweet, bright pink and grown in the dark by expert growers like Westwoods in Wakefield, in the heart of the ‘Yorkshire Rhubarb Triangle. It’s only around for a few months, so make the most of it!
British Cox and Braeburn Apples are still going strong although Galas will be finishing any day now.
Belgian Conference Pears will also be replacing UK grown ones shortly.
Jacket Potatoes still remain a challenge in terms of consistency & pricing and the sizing of many other potatoes such as Maris Piper remain affected by the hot summer of 2018.
Also, from the UK – Cauliflowers, Parsley Root, Jerusalem Artichokes (‘Sunchokes’), Swede, Chantenay Carrots, Rainbow Chard [right], Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Beetroot, Green Kale, Ornamental Kale, Spring Greens, Desiree Potatoes, Agria Potatoes, Kind Edwards, Pak Choi, Carrots, Turnips, Celeriac, Red Cabbage, Piccolo Parsnips, White Cabbage, Candy/Gold Beetroot and Microherbs & Edible Flowers.
Lychees (right) from South Africa are good value and excellent quality currently and hopefully they last into February. Peruvian dark Figs are also good quality, along with Yellow Pitahaya and Prickly Pears (Cactus Figs), both from Colombia.
Coming in from France is Swiss Chard, Green Meat Radish, Cheltenham Beetroot, Bunched Baby Carrots and these Sandy Carrots (‘carotte de sables’) – these are grown in the sand for drainage. They are sweet, very tender and crunchy.
· Wong Bok (Chinese Leaf)
· Pak Choi
· Bok Choi
· Tenderstem Broccoli
· Kow Choi
· White Mooli/Daikon
· Black Mooli/Daikon
· Black Garlic
· Spring Onions
· Chestnut Mushrooms
· Shiitake Mushrooms
· Enoki Mushroom
· Shimeji Mushrooms
· Eryngii (King Oyster) Mushrooms
· Oyster Mushrooms
· Maitake Mushrooms