Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this August

Written by Tom Moggach
August 01, 2019

Get out the sunglasses - here's a rainbow of edible flowers to decorate the plate. Other highlights this month include the first English plums, blackcurrants, sweetcorn and more. Read on for the full low-down...

Not long until the first British plums. "Any minute now" says Eddie Barrett at H G Walker. "The warm weather would have given them a boost." Discovery apples will also arrive later this month.

Scottish girolle are a classy choice at this time of year, modelled here by Michaels Hyams at Mushroom Man.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Scottish Girolle

British gooseberries - the star of my recent chef's guide - are still going strong, along with strawberries, raspberries and the first UK blackcurrants.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Blackcurrants

British cherries are still here - for the first week or so of August.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 British Cherries

The very first British sweetcorn has arrived.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Sweetcorn

This is a brilliant time for all kinds of beans. For some recipe inspiration from top chefs, see our Chef's Guide to Summer Beans.

Here's a pallet at S Thorogood, one of the wholesalers. Note that peas have tailed off due to the hot weather.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Beans
Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Fine Beans

From the Continent, beans include fresh borlotti and semi-dried Coco de Paimpol, pictured below at French Garden.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Coco De Paimpol

British-grown patty pans and summer squashes join the courgettes.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Patty Pan

Other British produce on top form includes tomatoes, salads of all kinds, carrots, beets, cabbages, onions and new potatoes.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 New Potatoes

Stone fruit from Europe is abundant, such as these whopping apricots, plums, peaches and nectarines.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Apricot

This is a pluot - a cross between an apricot and plum - spotted over at P & I.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Pluot

Reine de Claude, a.k.a. greengages, are arriving from France; British crop to follow.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Greengages

From the Continent, you'll find artichokes, garlic (including Lautrec), cobnuts, Delicata squashes, potimarrons, celeriac and more ...

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Squash Celeriac

Ravishing tomatoes are on hand.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Tomatoes

The first aromatic Muscat grapes are here from France, joining a wide range of grape varieties from across southern Europe.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Muscat Grapes

It's a great time for melons of all kinds.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Melons

Fresh wet almonds are here.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Green Almonds

To finish, I love this photo of mixed mushroom selection being made up - it gives a sense of the scale of supply here at New Covent Garden.

Fruit And Veg Market Report August 2019 Packing Mushrooms
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