Fruit and Veg

February's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
February 09, 2016

"In winter it's lovely to have the fresh taste of peas," says Bill Watson at Side Salads, as he writes out orders. "They've just started - in from Italy."

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Peas

In February, it's often Italy that offers the tasty highlights. These include blood oranges, puntarelle, cime di rapa, and agretti (a.k.a. monks beard), in the second picture below.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Blood Oranges
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Agretti

Radicchio is another classy line. Later this month, you'll be able to enjoy the full low-down on this ingredient in the latest in our series of product profiles.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Radicchio

Other highlights this month are more homegrown. Yorkshire forced rhubarb is a fantastic ingredient. Last year we went behind the scenes to meet a leading grower near Wakefield - read more here.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Forced Rhubarb

In case you're wondering, that's my daughter modelling the rhubarb in the picture above - she's mad about the stuff.

It's still a bit early for Jersey Royals unless you have deep pockets.

But all the British brassicas are on tip-top form, such as sprouts, kale, purple sprouting and cabbages of all kinds, including January King and Savoy.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Savoy Cabbage

You'll also find excellent beetroot, rainbow chard and bunched carrots.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Rainbow Chard
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Carrots

On the fruit front, the quality of purple/red and yellow plums from South Africa has improved. Nectarines and peaches are also on hand.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 White Peaches

Citrus fruits on fine form include Spanish navels, leafy clems and lemons. The last Seville oranges are also available at time of writing.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Clementines

Kumquats are abundant, too. Apparently, they're best eaten whole, skin and all - roll them in your hands first to release the aromatic oils in the skin.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Kumquats

Other fruits to consider include English apples and pears (Gala; Cox; Braeburn; Comice; Conference), kaki (a.k.a. persimmons), pomegranates and Brazilian or Costa Rican mangoes and melons.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Pomegranate
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Melon

Continental specialties include fennel, purple cauliflower, Tropea onions, artichokes of all kinds (including Jerusalem) and celeriac.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Purple Cauliflower

I couldn't resist a pic of these gorgeous yellow chillies at Gilgrove.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Chillies

Wild mushrooms are tip top, including this lesser-spotted coral fungus over at Bruce White.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report February 2016 Coral Fungi

See you in March - and, as always, feel free to get in touch using the comments box below.

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