Fruit and Veg

September's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
September 15, 2016

Of all the months, September wins hands down. It’s a glorious time on the Market, bringing many favourite lines: crisp Discovery apples; juicy Victoria plums; milky cobnuts; Turkish black figs and more.

I’m still buzzing from a visit to the beautiful apple and plum orchards of grower Mark Eastwood in Kent – read the profile here.

September is the proper start of the English apple season, bringing Discovery – the early variety – and Bramley before a cascade of others. For the full sequence, the list here is useful.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Discovery Apples
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Bramley Apples

Opal plums are over, moving on to Victoria and Jubilee – plus some damsons, too. You may scoop some greengages, if you’re lucky. France is also sending the first of their Mirabelle plums.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Plums Damsons

English cobnuts have just started. At this stage, they have a fresh, milky crunch – very addictive.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Cobnuts

These chestnuts, on the other hand, are French. (Note that the first wet walnuts are on their way, too).

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Chestnuts

The other headline for fruit are the Turkish black figs – always a bargain, and here for the next couple of months.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Black Figs

To mix it up a bit, here’s a rare black and white photo of some of the P & I crew in the early hours. The dawns down here are stunning, too. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 P And I

Back to the colour – here’s a sample of the squashes and pumpkins now flowing in. I won’t claim to know the names of all the varieties.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Variety Squashes
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Squash
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Knobbly Squash

Homegrown courgettes are abundant and well-priced.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Courgettes

Other British veg of note include excellent tomatoes, sweetcorn, chard, runners, peas and bobby beans.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Sweetcorn
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Runner Beans

Brassicas are strong, including kale, Cavolo Nero, cauliflowers and broccoli.

New potatoes are on good form, too.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 New Potatoes

For Continental specialties, this photo of the display at The French Garden will give you a flavour of what’s available.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Display French Garden

Other finds include top quality Jerusalem artichokes, decent Italian radicchio and French bunched watercress.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Jerusalem Artichoke
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Radicchio
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Watercress

On the exotic front, here’s a quick quiz. Anyone identify these two fruits below – both from wholesaler Gilgrove? You’ll find the answer at the end of the report.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Soursop
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Buddhas Fingers

These prickly pears from Sicily share some of this character.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Prickly Pears

Lychees are a little on the prickly side, too.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Lychees

Other fruit of note includes peaches, nectarines, melons and watermelons – but note that the Spanish season is now winding down. For British soft fruit, you’ll find strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and perhaps the occasional red gooseberry.

For a final splash of colour, check out these Chioggia beets and edible flowers.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Chioggia Beetroot
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report September 2016 Edible Flowers

Top marks if you got both the names of the fruit. The first is the “soursop”; second “Buddha’s fingers” – a rare citrus. See you in October, for the first of the autumn's market reports.

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