Fruit and Veg

August's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
August 01, 2016

Three British beauties headline this month. First, these perfect Bobby beans from the Wye Valley - love the packaging!

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Bobby Beans

Second, Opal plums - the main early variety - forging a way for Victoria plums in a few weeks' time. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Opal Plums

Third, these fresh foraged Scottish girolles - "the go-to summer mushroom," explains Michael Hyams from specialist The Mushroom Man

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Scottish Girolle

Fruit, of course, is the essence of sweet summer. Here's a big order on its way out of the market. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Loading Fruit

Stone fruit from Spain is still going strong: flat and round peaches and nectarines, apricots, plums and cherries. Greengages (mainly British or French) are also available. For something special, look for blood peaches, with their juicy red flesh.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Blood Peaches
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Nectarines

Note that English cherries have not enjoyed a good season. "In Kent, they are 75-80% down - crop was lost due to rain and a frost in May which finished off the flowers" explains Eddie Barrett from wholesaler H G Walker.

For soft fruit, you'll find British raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackcurrants. Note that gooseberries also suffered from the weather and are available in smaller volumes than normal. Imported red and white currants are an option.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Blackcurrants
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Blueberries

For something classy, try fragrant Muscat grapes. Homegrown rhubarb is a more down-to-earth choice. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Muscat Grapes
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Rhubarb

Melons, including watermelons, are on good form.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Watermelon

From Spain, you have excellent black figs - I bought a box to take home. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Spanish Figs

And fresh, milky cobnuts from France. Local crops will be with us in a month or so. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Cobnuts

For British veg, expect plenty of courgettes (including yellow varieties and their flowers) and marrows. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Courgettes

Those lovely British Bobby beans join runner beans, broad beans and peas. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Runner Beans
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Peas

Not British - but spectacular - are speckled Borlotti from Italy. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Borlotti Beans

Most salads and herbs are home grown. Here's some tip-top coriander and spring onions from top grower B. E. Bransden & Sons in Surrey. Lots of edible flowers around, too.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Coriander
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Spring Onions

Sweetcorn is still imported but British will be with us soon. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Sweetcorn

Bunched beetroots and carrots are on form. Brassicas include Savoy, Hispi and some homegrown purple sprouting. Don't forget British new potatoes including Jersey Royals.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report August 2016 Jersey Royals

Personally, I can't wait for September - the start of the English apple season with those crunchy Discoveries.

See you next month. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with any queries, grumbles or comments.

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