Fruit and Veg

November's Fruit and Veg Market Report

Written by Tom Moggach
November 01, 2014

I love this time of year, with summer firmly behind us. On the market, it’s when the weird and wonderful get their time in the spotlight.

Take this gigantic squash from European Salads below, for example, which joins the long list available (Acorn, Crown Prince, Onion, Turk’s Turban etc…)

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Squash

Italy also brings us the stunning Tardivo (first and second pictures below) and Castelfranco, both a type of radicchio. These specimens are from Covent Garden Supply:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Tardivo
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Castelfranco

They join other autumnal leafy vegetables from Italy such as Punatarelle and Cime di Rapa:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Puntarelle
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Cime Di Rapa

On the salad front, it’s worth noting that the English season for most lines is winding up.

The most stunning lettuce is now typically from France and Italy, such as this beauty:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Lettuce

British brassicas are going strong, including broccoli, cauliflower, Cavolo Nero, kales and cabbages:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Kale
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Cabbage

Brussel sprouts and their tops are in their prime:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Brussel Tops

It’s also an excellent time for chard:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Chard
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Swiss Chard

Other brassicas of note include some decent purple sprouting, although this is not abundant, and kohl rabi, including this gorgeous purple variety:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Purple Kohl Rabi

Roots of note include the dimunitive Piccolo parsnips and Chantenay carrots.

Fennel, artichokes, celery, Jerusalem artichokes and white courgettes are among the many imports from the Continent:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 White Courgettes

Most wild mushrooms are available, with the exception of morels. Chestnuts are another autumnal treat.

As for fruit, English apples and pears remain a highlight. Braeburn (pictured below) is the latest variety to join the list, along with Cox, russets, Gala and Bramley:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Braeburn

Comice and Conference pears are also on hand:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Comice
Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Conference Pear

From further afield (mostly Spain), clementines are a must-buy, available leafy or without:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Clementine

For something a touch more unusual, Spanish kaki fruit are also in season: 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Kaki

Brazilian mangoes and Iranian pomegranates are also on top form:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Pomegranates

Cranberries have arrived in time for Christmas, often from Belarus or Canada. 

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Cranberry

British raspberries are still on hand. Dutch redcurrants are also available, along with blueberries and blackberries from Chile and other sources.

Grapes are tricky at time of writing, as the season switches from countries such as Greece and Italy to Brazil. This chunky bunch is some of the last from Italy:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Grapes

Brazil is also sending most of the melons you will find:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Melons

For the very first time, I also spotted these rarities at The French Garden – fresh bergamot:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Bergamot

This citrus is rarely seen fresh over here. It’s more typical use is as an essential oil, which is used to flavour products such as Early Grey tea.

Some chefs use it for marmalade and I’ve seen the juice whisked up with miso to make a dressing in a Japanese restaurant.

These amazing Buddha’s Fingers, available from Gilgrove, are another rare member of the vast citrus family:

Fruit And Vegetable Market Report November 2014 Buddhas Fingers

All in all, a fascinating time on the market. See you next month! In the meantime, drop us a line with any comments or questions. 

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