Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this January

Written by Tom Moggach
January 05, 2018

What will you stock up on this January? It might be grey outside, but there's still plenty of vibrant produce here on the market.

For new British produce, the big story is Yorkshire forced rhubarb - a dazzling ingredient which will be the focus of our new 'A chef's guide to ...' series later this month. As I write, it's only trickling in but larger volumes are on their way.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Forced Rhubarb

Citrus is another highlight. The picture below shows Seville oranges from Spain and blood oranges (Moro variety; find out more here) from Sicily.

Seville oranges are distinguished by their knobbly skin, irregular colouring and thick pith.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Seville Blood
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Seville Orange

Other citrus on hand include clementines, leafy lemons, cedro, bergamot and gorgeous Navel oranges from Spain and Italy. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Clementines
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Oranges

Other on-form fruits include pomegrates and lychees - see these whoppers for sale at H G Walker. English apples and pears are also still eating well. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Pomegranates
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Lychees
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 English Apples

Stone fruit (apricots, plums, nectarines) are here from South Africa - some are still rather hard, so try before you buy.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Plums

Back on the British front, this is a fine month for brassicas such as kales, kohlrabi and cabbages - including the January King (pictured below). 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Jnuary King

Don't forget Brussels sprouts - not just for Christmas! If you missed it, I visited a leading grower last month. (Here's their story). The picture below is from the stash of leading wholesaler P & I

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Brussel Sprouts

Roots are also a good call: turnips, swedes, celeriac, parsnips, carrots (including Chantenay) and Jerusalem artichokes. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Box Produce

If you crave an early taste of spring, then imports such as these broad beans from Southern Italy are available at a price. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Broad Beans

Other Italian lines include agretti (a.k.a. monk's beard, season just started), plus puntarelle, cime di rapa and radicchio. (Try The French Garden and European Salad Company). 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Agretti

Other ingredients from the Continent include romanesco, artichokes, aubergines, leafy celery, smoked garlic, Roscoff onions, squashes and more. This variety of pepper below is called 'Corno' (horn).

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Peppers

It's a great time for chillies - see the medley of varieties below.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Chillies
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Small Chillies

The type below is from wholesaler Worldwide Exotics - a mild pepper called Tinker Bell. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Mini Peppers

Before I go, here's a moody image on my walk out of the market. See you next month.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2018 Construction
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