BERRIES & CHERRIES – the quality of these is extremely good and you can taste that extra freshness that you don’t always get with imported fruit. Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Gooseberries and Cherries are all UK grown currently. Make the most of them while they are here!
The Cherries coming in from Kent have a fantastic flavour. Amongst the recent varieties are the red ‘Silvia’ variety and the red and yellow ‘Naps’ (LEFT)
Bobby Beans (aka Dwarf Beans) – these are usually slightly thicker than their Kenyan relatives and as well as cooked normally, they make a great addition to salads if al dente, for that extra crunch and goodness.
British Runner Beans, Fresh Peas and these UK Broad Beans [right] are all from Worcestershire.
Large bunched beetroot, again from Worcestershire, are perfection with Bunched Candy Beetroot [below left] and Bunched Candy Beetroot [below right].
Although still no British Carrots on the horizon, Marrows [LEFT], new season Hispee/Pointed Cabbage and Spring Greens are in good supply currently.
Also, UK grown – Jackets, King Edwards, Norfolk Peer (salad) Potatoes, Desiree Potatoes, Cavolonero, Rainbow Chard, Spinach, Baby Mixed Leaves, outdoor Rhubarb, Kale, Cos Lettuce, Iceberg, Lollo Rossa/Biondi, Oakleaf, Red Cabbage, Micro Lemon Balm plus all the beautiful Heritage Mixed Tomatoes are still going strong.
Although the heatwave and lack of rain may have an impact on British salads and leaves further down the line, we have not experienced any major shortages to date. The same can be said with UK Cauliflowers and Broccoli and we will update you should the situation change.
Succulent Sweetcorn in husks (right) are coming from France currently, but should be replaced by UK grown over the next couple of weeks.
Now is the time for stonefruit, which are all at their best currently, from Spain. Peaches, Apricots, White Flesh Peaches & Nectarines. Also, Flat Peaches (aka Donut, Heirloom, Saturn or Saucer Peaches) and Flat Nectarines (aka Donut or Saucer Nectarines).
There are some very good Plums around with ‘Santa Rosa’ red from Spain and dark ‘Black Star’ [below] coming in from Greece.
All apples are still coming in from the southern hemisphere, so it looks like we will have to wait for the British grown to start in a few weeks before they become reasonably priced again.
Although slightly dearer than the green ones, these Black Figs [below] from France are
perfection. Satsumas are good currently and coming in from Peru and South Africa. Very good Italian Flame Grape has just started along with White Grape from Spain.
On the veg front, French Globe Artichokes have started to ease price-wise and most bunched baby veg is coming in from France, as the UK grown is fairly limited currently.
Vibrant Italian Borlotti Beans are still going strong and for something a bit different, these Orange Romero Peppers [below] are from Morocco.
There is limited availability on wild mushrooms, with Girolles and Trompette the best options, although Black Truffles have been more reasonably priced.