Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this May

Written by Tom Moggach
May 03, 2019

It's always a great moment - the first English strawberries have hit the Market.

Other British-grown highlights include asparagus (in its prime), Jersey Royal spuds (see our Chef's Guide later this month), outdoor rhubarb and the last of the wild garlic.

This is purple 'grass from Portwood, an enterprising grower in Norfolk and sold by wholesaler Side Salads on the Market.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Purple Asparagus Side Salads

Isn't this gorgeous? The purple tips of violet asparagus, spotted at The French Garden.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Violet Asparagus French Garden

For a top-end choice, this is imported wild asparagus - a favourite with fancy chefs.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Wild Asparagus French Garden

Wild garlic is now flowering across Britain - these blossoms look beautiful on the plate.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Wild Garlic Flowers European Salad Company

Jersey Royal potatoes are peak season. I'm just back from a trip to Jersey, so watch out for the chef's guide appearing later this month.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Jersey Royals

Specialist British growers are now picking their heritage tomatoes, too.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Nutbourne Tomatoes Bruce White

Specialities from the Continent include radicchio (end of season), puntarelle, aubergines, artichokes, courgettes, wet and purple garlic, peppers and more.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Purple Garlic French Garden

Lovely peas and broad beans are also coming through, typically from Spain and Italy.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Peas

At time of writing, the stone fruit season was just underway. Peaches (including white-fleshed) and nectarines are already here; apricots and cherries along soon from Spain and Turkey.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 White Peach French Garden

Strawberries are abundant - the first English competing with fruit from Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and elsewhere in Europe. Spanish raspberries are eating well.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Raspberries

For something different, try loquats (a.k.a. nispero) - an underrated fruit grown mainly in Spain.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Loquats Gilgrove

Morel mushrooms are still on form, along with mousseron and the cultivated species. Here's a picture of them packing their mixed boxes at Mushroom Man.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Mushroom Man

Ever seen a limequat? This is one of the range of exotics sold by specialist Gilgrove.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Limequats Gilgrove

One of the herb wholesalers, R & G Fresh Herbs, has revamped its stand, adding the full range of Westland's micro herbs and edible flowers in partnership with Nature's Choice, a catering supply company on the Market.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Westlands R And G Fresh Herbs

Here's some lovely bouquets of lavender on their counter.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Lavendar R And G Fresh Herbs

They are also selling other goods such as olive oil, quinoa, panko breadcrumbs, nuts and wine vinegar.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 R And G Fresh Herbs

To sign off, here's an image from a salesman at Premier - he brings home fruits and vegetables for his children to use for artwork.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2019 Premier

See you in June. But in the meantime, do get in touch with any comments or queries.

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