Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this March

Written by Tom Moggach
March 01, 2018

It's gently snowing in London as I write - a reminder that spring is still a while off.

It's a fine time for British brassicas, such as the kale and purple sprouting pictured below. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Kale
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Purple Sprouting

Other produce in this family include all the cabbages (such as the Savoy and the January King below), cauliflowers, broccoli, sprouts and tops (the last of the season), and kohlrabi. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Savoy Cabbage
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 January King

As for other British ingredients, forced rhubarb is peak season - find out more in our Chef's Guide. Wild garlic has just started but is still rather scarce. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Chefs Guide To Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb January 2018 Boxes At P And I
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Wild Garlic

You'll still find English apples and pears that eat very well. These are coming from cold store and include Cox, Braeburn and Comice. 

From Southern Europe there's an abundance of citrus. Sicilian blood oranges (more info here) are abundant now - load up on these while they're cheap and top quality. Here's the deep blush on the Moro variety. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Blood Orange

Leafy lemons and leafy, late-season clementines are still a top buy. This relatively new variety of seeded clementine is called Yosemite and spotted on the stand at European Salad Company

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 6

Sales of kumquats are steadily rising - an unusual, snacky, sweet-and-sour citrus that you eat in one go, skin and all. For something truly unusual, how about these mini mandarins from China? These were spotted at wholesaler Gilgrove

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Baby Clementines

Other fruits in their prime include pomegranates, grapes (shipped from South Africa), and figs (Brazil). 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Figs

For a tantalising taste of spring, the first batches of broad beans, peas and asparagus are over from the same warmer climates. The asparagus below is wild and Spanish, but standard green and white types are also available. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Broad Beans
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Wild Asparagus

This is a good time for artichokes. The market offers a range of varieties, from the chunky Globe to smaller Petit Violet. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Artichokes

Other imported veg includes celeriac, Romanesco, radish, radicchio, salsify, agretti, purple and yellow cauliflower, parsley root, Jerusalem artichokes, aubergine, celeriac and these lovely carrots with leaf. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Carrots
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2018 Radish

It's a tricky time for European wild mushrooms. You should find some girolle and possibly the first morels from Turkey. Chanterelle and trompette are typically foraged in the wilds of the USA. 

See you in April, when spring should have sprung. As ever, feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments. 

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