Fruit and Veg

July's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
July 01, 2016

Meet Matt - a lucky grocer. His fruit stall is outside Vauxhall Station, just a few minutes from the Market, so he can grab some extra sleep each morning.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Matt

He's stocking up Spanish nectarines - here in force alongside flat and round peaches (including white), plums and apricots.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Nectarines

Cherries are another bestseller - often Spanish, but there's some early English too.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Cherries

Ever had a bilberry? They're a first for me, too - dainty little things. Here's some over at Gilgrove, fresh in from Poland.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Bilberries

British gooseberries have arrived, too - one of my favourites.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Gooseberries

From further afield, you'll also find white and red currants, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. British field-grown rhubarb is also available.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Blackberries

For other fruit, melons of all sorts are a good bet. Grapes are typically from Morocco or Egypt.

For homegrown veg, runner beans are a highlight, joining broad beans and peas. English asparagus is all but over.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Runner Beans
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Broad Beans

Brassicas such as pointed and Savoy cabbage and kales are on good form.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Pointed Cabbage

Tomatoes, marrows, courgettes, spring onions, kohl rabi, banana shallots, chard, beetroot and bunched carrots are also looking good.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Spring Onions

English salads are in their prime, although they could do with less wet weather. Don't forget that there's some fantastic English herbs about, such as mint, dill and coriander. Sweetcorn is still French - we need some serious sun before English crops will ripen up.

From the Continent, you may find fennel, Borlotti beans, Coco de Paimpol beans, courgette flowers, stripey aubergines, fresh almonds, artichokes and more. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Artichokes

Wild mushrooms include morels (USA), trompette, chanterelle and mousseron. 

For my shopping, I couldn't resist these chilli plants - perfect for adding a kick to your cooking.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report July 2016 Chilli Plants

See you in August - let's hope a scorching summer will finally be here...

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