With Thanksgiving and Christmas lunches just around the corner, it is a great time of year for hearty root veg, including Carrots, Parsnips, Swede and Brassicas.
Brassicas include a wide range of common vegetables, such as Cabbages, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflowers. Less common items such as Kohl Rabbi, Bok Choi and Kalettes are also part of the brassica family.
They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and are genuine nutritional powerhouses. Brussels Tops have become far more appreciated in recent years, as they are extremely nutritional and have a really good flavour. Along with British Brussels Sprouts, the Sprout Stalks or trees [above] are also available.
These English Comice Pears (left) from Kent, are exceptional in flavour and huge in size (almost twice the size of an apple). You don’t get many to the kilo, but the amount of juice they contain when eaten ripe is incredible. English Conference Pears are also extremely good currently.
UK Apples are still going strong with Gala and Braeburns probably the pick of the bunch
Still plenty of Winter Squash around along with Rainbow Chard, Romanesque, Spring Greens, Savoy Cabbage and Cavolonero, which are all UK grown.
It’s that time of year when just the aroma of Leafy Clementines is enough. These sweet, Spanish ones are now readily available.
Blood Oranges should start to
appear in December through to
the New Year, although the first
batches usually lack the red
Providing they are eaten when very ripe, these Kaki (persimmon) below, have an incredible flavour.
Figs are now from South America and although melons have been problematic recently Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Galia and Watermelons should all have decent availability for the remainder of 2018.
There is plenty of bunched baby vegetables coming in from France, including Baby Beets, Baby Golden & Baby Candy Beetroot, Baby Leeks, Baby Turnips and Baby Carrots in all colours.
There has been some top-quality produce coming in from Italy recently, including San Marzano Tomatoes, Castelfranco (below), Puntarella, Cima di Rapa, (Rapini), Tardivo, Trevise, Thema ‘Spikey’ Artichokes (below), Leafy Lemons, Bergamots and Sicilian (Round) Aubergines (below).
It has been a busy period for mushroom, especially the wild varieties, with over 20 different mushrooms on show. Girolles have probably been the best value for money. We have also had Cepes, Grey Chanterelles, Yellow Chanterelles, Pied de Mouton, Pied Bleu, Maitake (Chicken of the Wood), Trompette (aka ‘Horn of Plety’ [below] and King Oyster [below].
We have been lucky enough to also get hold of some Cauliflower Mushroom [below] and PomPom (Lion’s Mane) .
As always with wild mushrooms, check availability and price before ordering and allow enough time for them to be foraged.