Market Report

Fruit and veg in season this November

Written by Tom Moggach
November 01, 2021

For English fruit, it's apples and pears that dazzle this month - with Gala, Cox, russets and Comice. But more exotic fruits are another distraction ...

In this photo, a loyal customer of the Market - David Jackson from Staines Farm Shop in Whitstable - models a Buddha's Hand citrus. (He also features in the latest edition of Market Times).

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Buddhas Hand

Bergamot, cedro, kumquats and yuzu are speciality lines - read more in our Chef's Guide. Less flashy options include early clementines and satsumas.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2021 Clementines

The season for kaki fruit (a.k.a. persimmons) has begun. This fruit is extremely popular in mainland Europe but still building traction here in the UK.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Kaki Fruit

Kiwis are a highlight, too, with more growers of the fruit in Southern Europe. You can find red kiwis from Italy, for example, or diminutive kiwi berries.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Kiwi Berries

It's a great time for exotics such as pineapple and mango, although excellent mango varieties such as Osteen and Kent are now cultivated closer to home in Spain.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Pineapples

British brassicas are brilliant at this time of year. Sprouts and tops, of course, in the run up to Christmas.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Brussel Sprouts

Cauliflower is squeaky fresh - this from the legendary grower Bones in Kent.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Cauliflower

Kales and purple sprouting also on hand.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Purple Sprouting

Here's the flash from P & I - celebrating the best of British.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Display

Note the squashes - which are abundant on the Market. It's a great month for roots, including Jerusalem artichokes, crosnes, parsley root and chervil root. Leafy lines include puntarelle and other chicories from Italy such as early Tradivo and Castelfranco radicchio.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Puntarella

How about some terrific leafy celery?

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Celery

Or lovely purple garlic from France?

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Purple Garlic

It's also prime time for wild mushrooms, with Trompette, Cep, Mousseron and more. Below some fresh walnuts - another festive essential.

New Covent Garden Market Report November 2021 Wet Walnuts

Not long now until the first blood oranges and Yorkshire forced rhubarb. See you in December for our next Market Report. In the meantime, why not pop down to Buyer's Walk to have a look for yourself?

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