Fruit and Veg

April's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
April 07, 2015

So what's hot to trot at the Market this month? "People are going mad for Jersey's," says Scott at P & I. "People are fighting for them. As soon as they come in they go out."

Here's a pic of 'chats', the smallest grade you'll find of this prestigious early spud. Mids and wares are the larger sizes:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Chats

"Everyone is waiting for peas and broad beans," claims Justin at Covent Garden Supply.

These are trickling in mainly from Italy and Spain - a quintessential taste of spring:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Peas

Wild garlic and nettles are two other highlights this month, adding a foraged feel to any menu:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Wild Garlic
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Nettles

On another high note, the first batches of top notch British mixed tomatoes from Nutbourne Nursery have hit Buyer's Walk. See my Product Profile from last year for more info on this fantastic grower in Sussex:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Tomatoes

Forced rhubarb from Yorkshire (see Product Profile) is still available, but supplies of outdoor grown product are now coming through:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Outdoor Rhubarb

Asparagus is just hitting its stride and will be plentiful by mid-month as long as the weather is not too cold.

I just visited the Chinn family, a top grower in the Wye Valley, to learn more about modern techniques for producing this marvelous ingredient. See the Product Profile from last month to find out more:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Asparagus

As for fruit, South Africa remains the dominant sender of a wide range of produce, including grapes, figs, plums, nectarines and peaches:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Nectarines
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Plums

You'll also find grapes from Chile. Cherries are typically Chilean and Argentinean. Mangoes and pomegranates are both a good buy.

Leafy nardecotts and clementines are still available:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Nardecotts

Note that supplies of English apples and pears are now at an end for this season.

For soft fruit, the quality of strawberries is improving, with most hailing from southern Spain. Blackberries, blueberries and redcurrants also available:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Strawberries

On the veg side, white and purple sprouting broccoli are both a tempting option:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Sprouting Broccoli

Other brassicas are still going strong, including January King cabbages and Romanesco cauliflowers, pictured below. Kale is starting to wind down:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 January King
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Romanesco

Roots of all kinds are excellent, including Jerusalem artichokes, beetroot, celeriac, and bunched carrots:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Beetroot
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Carrots

Check out these wonderful coloured carrots at European Salad Company:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Coloured Carrots

Wet garlic is also available:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Wet Garlic

For something more offbeat, how about these oca? This root veg is native to Peru and is now grown commercially in France:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Oca

On the salad front, note that English salads will not fully hit their stride until May. In the meantime, expect to find leaves from the Continent. Watercress, a.k.a. "cresson" in French, is in season.

Edible flowers are now also brightening up many stands.

Radicchios from Italy are another good bet:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Radicchio

On the wild mushroom front, note that supplies are typically tight at this time of year.

Trompette and girolle are available. Morels (below) are Turkish and pricey. Ceps are hit and miss. Chanterelle and Pied de Mouton are over for a while:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2015 Morels

If you visit the market this month, you'll notice a few changes. Building work has now started on the big plans to redevelop the market. You will find more info here.

I look forward to seeing you in May for next month's seasonal report from the market.

Comments

Subscribe to our emails

Join thousands of food and flowers businesses and get what’s in season delivered to your inbox every month.

On the night of Saturday 7 July, Art Night will transform the Thames riverbank by putting art into iconic and extraordinary locations. And the Flower Market is one of those places.

Read more

1

Loading more blogs...

End of content

No more pages to load