Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this January

Written by Tom Moggach
January 03, 2022

After a tough year for all, we're looking forward to a fantastic year for fresh produce.

Not long now until the first Yorkshire forced rhubarb - one of the great stars of January.

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Forced Rhubarb

Seville oranges have arrived, which feature in our latest Chef's Guide. These days, this citrus is used for more than just classy marmalade.

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Seville Oranges

Other citrus includes leafy clementines, Navelina oranges, bergamot and cedro.

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Leafy Clementines

Blood oranges are building up speed. This year there were early crops all the way from Australia - the traditional Sicilian fruits start around now.

These are sweet-and-sour kumquats. Ever tried them?

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Kumquats

British brassicas include January King cabbage, Brussel sprouts and tops, Cavolo Nero, kales, purple sprouting and kohl rabi. This is a Sweetheart cabbage ...

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Sweetheart Cabbage

.. and a stunning purple cauliflower.

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Purple Cauliflower

Other UK lines include celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, onions, swede, beets and more.

Weirdly enough, you will also find imports of fresh peas and broad beans from the sunny south of the Continent - mainly Italy.

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Broad Beans

Other lines from Europe include artichokes, radicchios, puntarelle, agretti, Tokyo turnips, pomegranates and Cime di Rapa. Cyprus new potatoes are on good form this month.

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Artichokes

Here's a crate of fresh turmeric - always popular in this month of detoxes and diets.

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Turmeric

Nuts include walnuts and chestnuts. Wild mushrooms are strong.

And would you believe it? Italian strawberries also on hand.

New Covent Garden Market January Market Report Strawberries

Others fruits in their prime include lychees, quince and kaki fruit. You will also find fresh cherries from the Southern Hemisphere.

But don't forget English apples and pears - still eating beautifully. See you next month and feel free to drop us a line with any comments or queries.

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