Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg in season this September

Written by Tom Moggach
September 11, 2018

Autumn is here, bringing mixed blessings - from top notch plums, apples and pears to price spikes following the drought and heatwave.

For British fruit, it's all about the plums, apples and pears - all of which have enjoyed a decent harvest. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Plums

Victoria and the later Marjorie's seedling are the key plum varieties. (Interesting savoury recipe ideas here). Damsons and greengages also available. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Robin Apple

This is a Robin apple, a new early variety grown mainly by Richard Pemble in Kent and sold by P & I Fruits. Cox, Early Windsor and Bramley are now underway, along with the first Conference pears. Discover more in last month's Chef's Guide to Apples and Pears

Cobnuts are also here - still fresh, wet and milky. 

From Southern Europe - mainly Spain - there's still masses of stone fruit and melons of all shapes and sizes. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Stone Fruit
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Watermelons

This is peak time for grapes from these climates, too. Muscat (pictured below) are possibly the pick of the crop. Ever tried a Strawberry grape from Italy? Totally unique - but not my cup of tea. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Muscat Grapes

As for British veg, load up on sweetcorn, courgettes, marrows, cabbages, kale, beetroots, carrots, leeks or even the first Brussel sprouts.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Sweetcorn
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Cavolo Nero

Squashes are now flooding in - here's a handful of varieties, along with the first (gulp) of the pumpkins.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Squashes
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Pumpkins

Note that prices are higher than normal for crops badly affected by the early summer drought and heatwave. 

"Potatoes are probably twice the price already that they would normally have been at this time of year', says Bob Bowers at P & I Fruits. "The dry period means the crops are yielding less than usual. It affects almost everything to a degree." You will find more info here from the Fresh Produce Journal. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Potatoes

Peas are best avoided now. Runner beans struggled in the heat but you'll still find boxes on the Market. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Runner Beans

Wild mushrooms include some Scottish girolle and yellow chanterelle. There's also pied to mouton and trompette from Eastern Europe. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Girolles

Other Continental lines include celeriac (pricey, mind you), artichokes, Borlotti beans, chillies, Romanesco, Lautrec garlic (pictured), breakfast radish and Jerusalem artichokes. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Lautrec Garlic
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Artichokes
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Radishes

The first wet walnuts are here, with chestnuts soon to come. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Wet Walnuts

This is a fun time for chillies of all shapes and sizes, which have loved all the summer heat.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Chillies

I spotted the first French quince, too - still a bit green- and prickly pears from the deep south of Italy. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Quince
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Prickly Pears

Here's a Verdelli lemon, an early summer variety named for its green skin. This is a harbinger of the European citrus soon to come. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2018 Verdelli

See you in October. Got any questions? Feel free to get in touch. 

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