Fruit and Veg

December's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
December 10, 2015

I'll grab any excuse for whipping out the tinsel. And this month's trip to the market certainly fits the bill.

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Puntarelle

December brings a lovely array of wintry produce. I've got a soft spot for all the bitter leaves from Italy, such as a puntarelle (pictured above), cime di rapa and radicchio.

At the other end of the spectrum, leafy clementines are, obviously, an essential buy. You'll find insider tips for this line in our latest Special Christmas Product Profile.

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Clementines

Other on-form fruit includes English apples and pears. Main varieties are Cox, Braeburn, russets, Conference and Comice:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Apples

Juicy lychees are here, although it's still a touch early for prices to bottom out:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Lychees

Kiwis and mangoes are sound bets this month. For soft fruit, blueberries and redcurrants are reliable. Strawberries may look the part, but the flavour is never dazzling in these colder months:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Tinsel

Dutch forced rhubarb is on hand in small volumes. Yorkshire crops will be along in the New Year (find out more in our Forced Rhubarb Product Profile):

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Forced Rhubarb

From far-flung countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, expect an early trickle of stone fruit such as peaches and nectarines:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Peaches

Note that cherries are wincingly expensive right now.

As for vegetables, a light dawn rain added a sparkle to these sprout tops and, in the picture below, a box of bunched carrots:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Brussel Tops
Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Carrots

All the British brassicas are tip top: standard and Romanesco cauliflowers; cabbages of all kinds (including January King); kales; and small volumes of purple sprouting:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Savoy Cabbage

Squashes are abundant, of course:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Squashes

Roots of all kinds are also steady, including celeriac and these gnarly homegrown Jerusalem artichokes:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Jerusalem Artichokes

As for salads, British growers are generally winding down by now. Frisee and radicchio are some of the hardier crops that stretch into December.

These perky lettuces are from across the Channel: 

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Lettuce

From further south, enjoy crunchy fennel, speckled radicchio and those classy Italian winter greens:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Fennel
Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Radicchio

Other Continental specialties include artichokes, round courgettes, winter radish, shallots, nettles, sand carrots, crosnes and Borlotti beans:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Borlotti

These radishes were looking particularly crisp and tempting:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Radishes

Chilies are in fine fettle, too, including bite-sized, sweet eating peppers:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Chillies
Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Sweet Peppers

Don’t forget the nuts, including chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts:

Fruit And Vegetables Market Report December 2015 Chestnuts
Comments

Subscribe to our emails

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

Loading more blogs...

End of content

No more pages to load