Fruit and Veg

May's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
May 10, 2017

"It’s a team effort - Scotty does the selling and I do the purveying," chuckles Danny Johnson of Premier Fruits.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Trophy
Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Trophy In Hands

The trophy certainly adds sparkle to Buyer’s Walk, just like the kaleidoscope of new spring produce.

Asparagus, of course, is plentiful. English salads are also coming on strong, with Iceberg and oak leaf soon joining the earlier crops. Outdoor rhubarb is a good call, too - although you can still find the very last of the indoor pink at traders such as H G Walker.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Asparagus
Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Rhubarb

You’ll find some early strawberries, but the bulk are Spanish or Belgian. It’s still a touch early for most English soft fruit. Raspberries are your best bet; gooseberries and currants will be along soon.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Berries

For homegrown veg, other highlights are wild garlic (some now flowering), curly kale and new potatoes such as Jersey Royals (chats; mids; ware) or Kentish.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Jersey Royal Chats
Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Kentish New Potatoes

There are local artichokes courtesy of S Thorogood, which are also holding the first British marrows of the season.

Spanish stone fruit is building up momentum. Apricots, nectarines and peaches have all just started. Cherries, too, although quality can be a hit and miss due to poor weather in some parts of Spain.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Apricots
Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Nectarines
Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Cherries

Melons are also arriving in force from Southern Europe. You’ll find all the varieties on hard, such as Charentais, Galia, Cantaloupe and watermelons (pink / red and also on-trend yellow varieties).

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Melons

Mangoes and papaya hail from Central and South America. Late clementines are the Murcott variety from Spain, actually a cross between a tangerine and sweet orange. Headlines for veg include peas and broad beans from the continent. There's also a dazzling variety of tomatoes.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Peas
Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Tomatoes

Other specialties include wild asparagus, Borlotti beans, chard, aubergines, puntarelle, courgettes (round; straight; flowers) radish, spiky cucumbers, cime di rapa, celeriac, fennel, flat leaf parsley, and the stunning violet garlic in the picture below. Try European Salad Company or The French Garden for more upmarket lines.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Borlotti
Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Rose Garlic
Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Cucumber

Another rarity is this Ponzino lemon from European Salad Company, a rare citrus variety.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Ponzino Lemon

Foraged goods include nettles, elderflower and the first of the European wild mushrooms such as girolle, mousseron (below at The Mushroom Man) and Morel.

Fruit And Veg Market Report May 2017 Mousseron

See you in June, when summer will be in full swing. As always, use the Comments box for any questions or queries.

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