Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this March

Written by Tom Moggach
March 04, 2020

The Market picks up speed in March, with highlights including wild garlic, Jersey Royals, asparagus, outdoor rhubarb and more ...

The first UK wild garlic has hit the market. This foraged ingredient will run for the next few months.

Jersey Royals also underway. Prices will decrease as the season unfolds. See our Chef's Guide to this ingredient from our trip to the island last year.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Jersey Royal Potatoes

For now, asparagus is from the Continent. You'll find green, white and red - mainly from Spain, France and Italy.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Green Asparagus

Here's a moody pic of the red/purple.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Purple Asparagus

It's a pivotal moment for British rhubarb, as the season swings from the indoor forced season to the cheaper outdoor crop. At time of writing, you will find both on the Market. Here's the forced from Yorkshire...

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Forced Rhubarb

And the outdoor...

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Outdoor Rhubarb

This line from Wye Valley has the colour of the Yorkshire crop but is grown using cloches.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Wye Valley Asparagus

Other British products on form include brassicas such as kales and purple sprouting.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Purple Sprouting

From the Continent, it's still a fine time for radicchios such as this Tardivo below.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Radicchio

This is the rare grumolo, a type of radicchio - note the unusual yellow variant.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Grumolo

This is an excellent month for artichokes of all varieties, including Thema, Mammole and purple.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Artichokes

The first peas and broad beans are flowing in.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Peas

Expect excellent tomatoes, too, such as Marinda (pictured below) and Camone from Italy, Ananas from France.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Marinda Tomatoes

Finally, the Turkish Morel mushroom season is just getting underway.

Below are the King Oyster, a cultivated variety growing in popularity on account of its meaty texture. This makes it an ideal star for plant-based dishes.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report March 2020 Oyster Mushrooms

See you in April, when the UK asparagus season will start in earnest. In the meantime, do get in touch with any comments and queries.

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