Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this November

Written by Tom Moggach
November 02, 2018

It's a tussle for glory this month: British apples and pears up against the first waves of citrus from southern Europe.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Apples

Here's a selection of varieties in the photo. Russets, Bramleys, Comice and Conference also available. These are stocked by a wide range of wholesalers including S Newman, H G WalkerPremier Fruits and P & I. (See our Chef's Guide for more info). 

The lead photo above are Buddha's Hand, a special order from Gilgrove. This is another unusual one: a zebra stripe lemon from Spain, spotted at Premier.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Zebra Lemon

More mainstream are leafy clementines, lemons (both yellow and green) and juicy oranges. (Bergamot and cedro - more niche - are also on hand). 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Lemons

This is a great time for pomegranates, mainly from Spain - see our Chef's Guide to Pomegranates for more info, including recipe ideas. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Pomegranates

Kaki fruits and kiwi berries are popular this year.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Kaki
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Kiwi Berries

On the festive front, there's the first fresh cranberries (often from countries such as Belarus), Brussel sprouts and their tops. Medjool dates are the best money can buy. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Cranberries

Chestnuts are abundant - both European and cheaper Chinese imports. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Chestnuts

Ever tried a fresh walnut? Lovely milky mild flavour.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Wet Walnuts

British brassicas are strong: kales, Romanesco, purple sprouting, cauliflowers, cabbages and the like.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Purple Sprouting
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Cauliflower

Bunches of beetroot and heritage carrots look terrific. Rainbow chard is recommended for a splash of colour. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Rainbow Chard

Don't forget homegrown squashes - all manner of varieties are on hand. (See our Chef's Guide for the full run-down).

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Squash

Continental specialties include Lautrec garlic, aubergines, coloured cauliflowers, leafy celeriac, salsify, chervil root, parsley root and these lovely strings of mixed onions spotted at European Salad Company

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Onions

This is a top time for artichokes. The Tema variety is coming up from Italy; Brittany is supplying Purple Violet. More info here in our Chef's Guide

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Artichokes

Chillies are a good call - these are padron peppers from Spain.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Padron

It's a decent time for wild mushrooms, such as Russian girolle or Bosnian trompette. Exotics include these squeaky fresh okra, baby aubergines and chillies over at Premier Exotics. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Okra
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Aubergines

Over at P & I, I spotted their new bespoke packaging for English leeks. (A top buy this month - very well priced). It's good to see a wholesaler upping their game. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 P And I
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 2P And I

By the way, can you name this variety of citrus? I'll give you a clue - it's very popular in Japan. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2018 Yuzu
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