Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this March

Written by Tom Moggach
March 05, 2019

March is the month when the Market moves up a gear.

Technically, it's spring already - although don't put away your winter jumper quite yet. But some homegrown highlights are already here, such as Jersey Royal potatoes, very early asparagus and foraged wild garlic.

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Potato Varieties

This pic shows the smallest grade - chats. Mids and ware also available. But prices are always high this early. Cyprus new potatoes are also in fine fettle.

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Asparagus

The first cuts of UK asparagus are always sold on the Market for charity. The main season is a few weeks off yet and highly dependent on weather. (When warm, asparagus can grow several inches per day). On the Market you'll find cheaper 'grass' from the Continent - purple, white and green.

Wild garlic is now widely available. I just love this ingredient - so versatile and subtle in flavour. 

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Wild Garlic

Forced Yorkshire rhubarb is still in season - make the most of it while you can. The pallet below was on the stand at wholesaler H G Walker

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Forced Rhubarb
Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Forced Rhubarb Pallet

Other British-grown options include roots (carrots; turnips; swede; beets) and all the brassicas. Kale and purple sprouting are a good call at this time of year. Aren't these stunning? Savoy for sale at wholesaler E A Williams

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Savouy Cabbage

This is the famous January King. 

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 January King

Peas and broad beans are in, mainly from Italy and Spain. These were the best of the bunch on my visit - Spanish sold by S Thorogood & Sons. 

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Peas

Other Continental specialities include radicchio, agretti, puntarelle, rocket, aubergines, round courgettes, salsify, radish, sand carrots and baby bunched veg. Wonderful colour on these Tropea onions from Italy.  

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Trope Onions

This is an excellent month for all varieties of artichoke. Note the tiny 'carciofini' - a delicacy often eaten whole. 

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Artichokes
Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Baby Artichokes

Citrus from Southern Europe is abundant: late season Nardacotts, leafy lemons, bergamots, kumquats (pic below) and more. Blood oranges are still in season.

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Kumquats

Here's expert buyer Marcus Rowlerson from Le Marche assessing the quality of the clems. 

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Peeling Clems

Other fruit worth considering are lychees, mangoes, pineapples, figs and pomegranates.

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Lychees

Premium strawberries such as Gariguettes (France; Portugal) and Candonga (Italy) are tasting very good; the soft fruit season in Spain is now building up momentum. 

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Strawberries

Wet garlic is another must-buy. 

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Wet Garlic

Wild mushrooms include Morels, Girolle and Trompette.

Fruit And Veg Market Report March 2019 Wild Mushrooms

See you in April for next month's report. Any questions or comments - just drop us a line.

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