Fruit and Veg

April's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
March 29, 2016

With the first English strawberries hitting the market, you might feel that the seasons are topsy-turvy.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 English Strawberries

But it's modern growing techniques that cunningly stretch the season. Extra early asparagus from the Wye Valley is another fine example. To discover how the top growers do it, see last year's Grower Profile

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Asparagus

Leafy garlic, on the other hand, is picked from the wild. Here's an early British batch.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Wild Garlic

Wet garlic from Egypt is another highlight for April. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report June 2016 Rose Garlic

I visited friends in France last month, so popped to wholesale market Rungis for a quick look.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Rungis Radishes
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Rungis

It's always a treat to visit, but the 'flash' (display) below at New Covent Garden Market also does us proud. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Flash

On the fruit front, stone fruit is typically from South Africa although this will gradually shift north to countries such as Morocco and Spain. This is the last month for blood oranges. Clementines include late season Nordicotts. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Blood Oranges
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Clementines

Yorkshire forced rhubarb is winding down. Field-grown crops will soon take the driving seat. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Yorkshire Rhubarb

You can still find English apples and pears - mainly Bramley, Braeburn and russets. I spotted cherries from Chile. Mangoes and papayas are often from Brazil and Venezuela. Grapes often hail from South Africa. 

For veg, peas and broad beans are Italian. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Peas

British brassicas are winding down. Early potatoes include Jersey Royals, Cyprus and Majorcan. Artichokes are looking good. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Artichokes

 Agretti (a.k.a. Monks' Beard) and puntarelle from Italy are still with us. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Agretti
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Puntarelle

Salad crops such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are shifting to the greenhouses of The Netherlands. Leafy salads are still mainly from the Continent, but the first British crops are inching in. Check out this vast escarole from France. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Escarole

Herbs are looking good, too.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Herbs

It's the start of the new spring season for wild mushrooms, with the first flushings of St George and Mousserons joining Morels.  

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report April 2016 Morels

See you in May. As always, feel free to get in touch with any comments and queries. Thanks to everyone who got in touch last month.

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