Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this January

Written by Tom Moggach
January 02, 2020

Welcome to a new decade of fruit and veg. Blood oranges, Seville oranges and Yorkshire forced rhubarb steal the show this month.

As January unfolds, the blood oranges from Sicily will darken in colour. (It's all about temperature swings between night and day around Mount Etna - find out more in our Chef's Guide).

Seville oranges are plentiful but their season is swift - stock up fast.

Other citrus includes late season leafy clems and bergamot, cedro and excellent Navel oranges.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Seville Orange

It's the very start of the season for Yorkshire forced rhubarb. Prices are high but will steadily level out.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Forced Rhubarb

British brassicas are strong - such as kale (pictured here), sprouts, tops and cabbage. Other homegrown lines include beetroot, carrots, leeks, celeriac and onions.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Kale

Don't forget British apples and pears, too. These still eat well in January and deserve a shout on any menu. Here's a batch of Braeburn.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Braeburn Apple

From the Continent, specialties include agretti (pictured below), radicchio, crosnes, oca, celeriac, chervil root, puntarella and salsify.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Agretti

Artichokes are a good call.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Artichokes

Cold weather results in brighter colour for purple and yellow cauliflowers.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Purple Cauliflower

Butternut squash is in season from Portugal.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Butternut Squash

At this time of year, certain varieties of tomato come to the fore such as Marinda, Camone and Raf. These are grown in a colder climate so have a distinct profile for texture and flavour.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Marinda

For exotics, it's a fine time for pineapple and lychees.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Lychees

Here's one of the forklifts nipping off on a delivery.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Forklift

Wild mushrooms are on good form, including trompette, chanterelle and Pied de Mouton. These are cultivated Pied Blue.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report January 2020 Pied Bleu

It's a lovely time on the Market as the year builds up steam. Do get in touch with any comments and queries and see you next month.

British Seasonal Calendar

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British Produce Update

It has been a soggy few months for British growers, which resulted in waterlogged fields and difficulties in harvesting in the run up to Christmas. It also delayed the sowing of winter cereal crops in some locations. The start of January has been mild, resulting in some reports of early shoots from crops such as wild garlic.

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