Fruit and Veg

July's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
July 01, 2014

Biggest surprise of The World Cup? “That it wasn’t so hot. I thought I’d be wearing t-shirts and shorts,” says Terry, who I bumped into shopping on Buyer’s Walk. He took his two sons to Brazil for the trip of a lifetime.

Less surprising was my next random encounter. See the Rolls Royce below? Well, it was a box of finest English cherries that were the first purchase I saw loaded into its enormous boot.  

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Rolls Royce

These homegrown cherries are a definite highlight for July, available alongside imports from Spain. Melons, including watermelons, are another summery buy:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Cherries
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Watermelon

British soft fruits are in full swing, including strawberries, redcurrants, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and both red and green gooseberries: 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Redcurrants
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Blackberry
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Red Gooseberries

Flat or ‘donut’ peaches and nectarines are always popular and eating well. These join apricots, peaches and plums, mostly Spanish: 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Flat Peaches

There’s also plenty of chunky outdoor British-grown rhubarb to add a tarter note:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Rhubarb

On the veg front, the first runners have arrived to join the English peas and broad beans:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Runner Beans
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Broad Beans

I spotted these rather choice Fagiolo Corallo beans at European Salads, modeled here alongside the more easy-to-find Haricots Beurre:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Beans

Beautiful Borlotti are also on hand:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Borlotti Beans

There are plenty of excellent tomatoes of all shapes and sizes. Also English and Continental courgettes (including round green and yellow) and their flowers, plus larger marrows:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Marrows

On the leafy side, expect a full range of English herbs and salads including spring onions and watercress. Admire this chock-full display at Side Salads:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Side Salads
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Watercress

The lovely spinach below is from P&I Veg:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Spinach

This Rainbow chard is English, too:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Rainbow Chard

For chunkier veg, there’s excellent mid potatoes, including Jersey Royals and others from Norfolk and Cornwall.

Cabbages include Primo, Hispi and Savoy. Broccoli and caulis steady, alongside parsnip, swedes and beets.

For something a bit more unusual, English Globe artichokes are also on hand from traders such as S Thorogood: 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Globe Artichokes

It’s pretty much the end of asparagus, although you may still find the last batches about, such as these purple spears at Gilgrove:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Asparagus

Specialties on the market include enormous banana shallots , this fabulous purple garlic at The French Garden, wild mushrooms (mostly Pied Bleu, Girolle, Trompette; a little Morel), fresh almonds, and sparkly ice plant: 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Banana Shallots
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Garlic
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Iceplant

As I walked the market, a random straw poll picked Germany to win this year.

It’s beautiful down here on these sunny mornings, so pop down to enjoy the show:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2014 Loading Up

As ever, feel free to drop me a line with any comments and queries. See you next month.

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