Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this August

Written by Tom Moggach
August 10, 2021

You'll need your sunglasses this August - there's a rainbow of fresh produce here on the Market.

Summer mornings - as dawn breaks - are a great time to visit. This is part of the team at wholesaler P & I, along with Shiva Ramesh from the Post Office, who's worked here for 32 years.

New Covent Garden Market Team P And I

British produce is abundant. Soft fruit still strong, including gooseberries and strawberries. Black, red and white currants are peak season.

New Covent Garden Market Soft Fruit

English cherries are coming to the end of their season. Not long now until the first homegrown apples, with Discovery variety leading the way. Cobnuts and plums also imminent.

New Covent Garden Market Discovery Apples Wide

Stone fruit from the Continent is superb. Apricots are tailing off, but peaches and nectarines are on hand, including white and red-fleshed peaches and blood nectarines (a.k.a. nectavignes).

New Covent Garden Market Nectarines

Grapes are a classy buy - the first Muscat from France join the Prima variety. Other key producers include Italy and Greece.

New Covent Garden Market Muscat Grapes

The full range of melons are here, too - including watermelons.

New Covent Garden Market Watermelon

Right now you'll find black figs from France and Spain plus green from Italy. Not long now until the start of Bursa black figs from Turkey. (Get the full low-down in our Chef's Guide to this ingredient.

New Covent Garden Market Figs

On the veg front, it's a fantastic time for beans of all kinds. (See our Chef's Guide.)

The first English runner beans have started. Our specialist wholesalers are bringing in Coco de Paimpol beans from France, Borlotti, purple Bobby beans, Pelandroni and flat white.

New Covent Garden Market Flat White Beans

Other EU lines include excellent French garlic, smoked garlic, leafy celeriac, girolle mushrooms and the full gamut of courgettes, including patty pans, round, Romanesco and Trombetta. Early squashes such as Delicata are also ready.

UK growers are also sending produce such as courgettes, carrots, beets, cabbages, salads, herbs, kales, tomatoes, the first sweetcorn and stunning Romanesco.

New Covent Garden Market Romanesco

See you next month for September's Market Report, when we will celebrate the apple season and British Food Fortnight. Get in touch with any questions or comments using the fields below.

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