Fruit & Vegetable Market report [JUNE]

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06/06/2017 - 11:12

What’s in the suitcase? A chef’s haul of ingredients for their pop-up supper club. 

Mooli and peppers at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Mina Park and Emily Baylis are collaborating on a special Korean feast.

Mina Park and Emily Baylis at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

”I’m trying to use British ingredients for a Korean braised short rib,” says chef Park. “We’re using mostly foraged produce, herbs and flowers.” 

There’s abundant colour on the market this June. Asparagus is on its final lap, with the season due to end a touch earlier than its usual end date of the summer solstice, 21st June. 

Asparagus at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

 “It’s been a good year - way up on last year,” says Simon Collier-Ward of Side Salads, who sold 1,170 kilos of the stuff the day before.  

Other British highlights include heritage tomatoes, strawberries, salads, peas and broad beans. 

British peas at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Garlic scapes are also hot to trot. These are the young shoots of garlic cut prior to harvesting the bulbs. You can find out more from my trip to the South West Garlic Farm last year. 

Garlic scapes from a field trip by New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Other homegrown staples include fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, dill and this coriander, which are now abundant. Elderflower is top of the forager’s shopping list. 

Coriander at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Cauliflowers, new potatoes, baby veg, spinach, Savoy cabbage and spring greens are among other English-grown highlights. 

Stone fruit from Spain, France and Italy is a bestseller. French apricots are top notch. The first flat peaches are now on hand. Plums are slowly improving. Ripe cherries are here in force.

Apricots and cherries at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Flat peaches at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Melons are also in their prime - Galia, Canteloupe, Charentais, watermelons and more. 

Melons at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

On the more exotic front, mangoes, figs and papaya are here from countries such as Venezuela and Brazil.

Mangoes at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

From the Continent, expect fennel, peppers, purple and white cauliflowers, yellow wax beans and multi-coloured carrots.

Baby carrots at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Agretti is in its last weeks. Aubergines are another good call, including stripey and this rare skinny Perlina variety.

Stripey aubergines at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Perlina aubergines at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Check out the spines on these artichokes, a variety called 'Spinosa di Alberga'.

Spiny artichokes at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Fuzzy fresh almonds have just arrived.

Fresh almonds at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Rose garlic and tromba squashes are other striking imports. 

Rose garlic at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Tromba squashes at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

Over on Gilgrove, you might find these most unusual berries from Holland, including new “Peach” and “Bubble Gum” varieties. Pricey but definitely with the WOW Factor. 

Rare berries at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market – June 2017

See you next month. As always, feel free to get in touch! 

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