Market Report - UK seasonal update 15 June 2015

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Editor 15th June 2015

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This week's market report from Wild Harvest features purple cauliflower, ceps and wet cherries as well as a whole host of other fruit and vegetables currently in season which you can see below:

Wild MushroomsCep

Girolles are coming from Romania now as Bulgaria is too warm. The next quality hike and price drop will occur when Lithuanian, Belarusian, Polish and Scottish crops kick in, in a matter of weeks. That said the Romanian specimens are pretty good. Bulgaria is still producing mousseron, but not for long. The morel season in the US is about to close. It’s a brave buyer who invests in fresh cep at anytime of the year due to infestation issues, which can only become clear in transit. Summer cep requires a real leap of faith. One way to reduce risk is by buying the fresh product sliced. This is what we are doing from Romania this week.

Truffles

Summer truffles are now close to their best and cheapest.

Fruits

Gariguette StrawberriesEurope is now producing outstanding seasonal fruit. British strawberries are now more than just edible. Charentais melons are now coming from Spain and we are enjoying healthy sales of yellow fleshed watermelons. Red gooseberries are pleasing our customers for both savoury and sweet applications. We are importing both wild strawberries and the cross bred larger and more succulent wild strawberry variety mara des bois from France. Strasberries and pineberries provide exotic options too. Gariguette strawberries continue. Apricots, cherries, peaches and nectarines are now all lovely.

Vegetables

What has been a solid English asparagus season is likely to last until the end of June.English Green Asparagus Borlotti beans are excellent. We expect that coco beans will be the next fresh pulse we offer at the start of July. Our baby veg range (in leaf) now covers three colours of beet, three of carrot, fennel, leeks and turnips. Wild leek seed pods have given way to wild garlic pods or 'bobbles' as we choose to call them. Nettles are still excellent but will burn out soon. Broad beans and fresh peas in the pod are excellent. We are about to switch supply to our green and pleasant land. Purple cauliflowerEarly crop purple and golden cauliflowers are starting in France. Can the humble cauli get any more fashionable? I’m going to have a go at roasting one to intensify the flavour. For details of our extensive salad leaf and tomato ranges, or anything else which crosses your mind please call us as I expect I’m stretching attention spans with this now. As usual, this is just a small selection of what we have on offer. Call in on 020 7498 5397 to speak to the team about what other treats we have in store for you today. Visit the website here

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Editor 15th June 2015

Market Report - UK seasonal update 15 June 2015

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