Fruit and Veg

July's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
July 06, 2017

Is July the best month? London has been sweltering and the market is bursting with choice.

Fruit brings lashings of colour. English cherries are on good form. Not the cheapest, but top quality.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Cherries

Homegrown strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries also here - both green and red for the latter.

It’s still a touch early for English plums. Expect the first Discovery apples next month.

Fruit from further afield includes excellent stone fruit from France, Spain and Italy: flat and round peaches and nectarines and apricots. Melons are also in their prime.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Apricots
Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Melon

Figs are also worth a shout - French black figs have started, which are second to none.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Figs

For British veg, you’ll find courgettes and marrows.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Courgettes
Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Marrow

Runner beans, peas, bobby beans and broad beans, too.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Runner Beans

This is peak time for British-grown edible flowers, salads and herbs, such as frisee lettuce, violas, Buckler-leaf sorrel, lemon verbena, ruby frills mustards and many more. Leeks are looking good, too.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Leeks

Here’s a snapshot from the stand at P&I. British-grown Chantenay carrots are always popular, along with purple sprouting. Local broccoli and cauliflower is available, although can be erratic. New potatoes are being harvested now.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Display

For kale, only the Molyneux Kale Company (read more from my trip to this grower here) can supply at this time of year using their own heritage varieties - otherwise it’s imports from further afield.

For something more offbeat, how about this pristine and local pak choi from Lancashire?

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Pak Choi

Asparagus is all but over, but there are still trickles such as this purple variety from the Wye Valley.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Purple Asparagus

Continental specialties include celeriac, aubergines, watercress, round courgettes, black radish, purple garlic, yellow beans, artichokes and the first Muscade squashes of the season.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Muscade De Provence

This unusual plant is tenarumi, often wilted down to serve with pasta in Sicily.

Fruit And Veg Market Report July 2017 Tenarumi

July is a poor month for wild mushrooms. Morels are all but over (“Get them now or wait until spring” says The Mushroom Man). There are some trompette, plus girolle and mousseron from Bulgaria.

See you in August - plums and apples coming up!

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