Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this October

Written by Tom Moggach
October 02, 2019

Here's the Market in full flow - porters pumping out the October produce.

You know it's proper autumn when the first sprouts and tops arrive.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Brussel Tops

Reminds me of our visit to expert grower David Cook in Merseyside for our Chef's Guide to Brussels Sprouts.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Sprouts

From Europe, the citrus season is building up speed with the first sightings of bergamot, orange, lemons and clems. (This early clem variety below is called Miyagawa).

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Miyagawa

It's prime time for nuts, such as these wet walnuts and chestnuts.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Wet Walnuts

Closer to home, English apples and pears are going strong. (Check out our new Chef's Guide to Pears for chef tips.)

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Pears

Varieties now available include Gala, Cox, russets and Conference.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Apples

This is a brilliant time for figs. You'll find French and Italian (including green) but the bulk are Bursa black figs from Turkey.

Don't forget grapes from Europe, such as these French Muscat. Other options including Chasselas and Strawberry grape.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Muscat

Quince is on hand - a chef's favourite for something different to spice up a menu.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Quince

It's also an ace time for Spanish pomegranates from Granada province.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Pomegranates

Squashes are abundant - these gourds are purely decorative and a quick trick for decorating a restaurant.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Gourds

Here's a buyer presumably straight from his shift in the kitchen ...

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Buyer

It's a great time for a wide range of British crops that store, such as beetroot, onions, spuds, carrots and even the last of the fine beans.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Fine Beans

For other lines from the Continent, you will find peppers, aubergines, salsify and courgettes - including the trombetta below.

From Italy, the bitter flavours such as puntarella and cime di rapa are back.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Trombetta

Love the colours of these breakfast radish.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Breakfast Radish

For mushrooms, this is a great time for wild 'shrooms. European ceps and girolle are peak quality. How about this for something unusual? A lobster mushroom over at wholesaler Bruce White.

Fruit And Veg Market Report October 2019 Lobster Mushroom

See you in November for my next report. In the meantime, feel free to send any comments and questions. And follow our Instagram for weekly updates.

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