Market Report – UK Seasonal update 17 February 2014

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Hello Chef, perigord truffle Following the thrills and spills of Valentine’s Day; it’s time to come back down to earth with everybody’s  favourite spring mushroom the morel. Yes these beauties are dear at the minute but the price has recently dropped from crazy to just relatively expensive and the quality couldn’t be better. As the season progresses the price will steadily drop but where it ends up only the morels know.   Following the mushroom theme the wild varieties on offer currently are chanterelles (both varieties), pied de mouton and their semi cultivated cousin the pied de bleu.  Truffles are still going strong and it is often said they are at their best in February, just before they traditionally end in March. The Umbrian variety is still good value and quality is as good as ever, the Perigord variety will get cheaper before the end so buy this month for preserving or just to add a flourish to your menu.  Fruit and Veg are on the verge of rebirth, the winter staples are fading and the spring loveliness is popping up bit by bit. Seville oranges have just ended but their blood brothers are holding on.   How about a starter of French white asparagus? It’s just started and soon the Jersey royals will be here and french white asparagusall will be right with the world, pair that with some lovely wild cabbage and you’ll have a winning basis for any spring dish.   Foraged goods will get all the more pervasive as the weather turns (at least we hope it does). We currently have sea purslane, alexanders and three cornered leeks; as March rolls around this handsome trio will be joined by wild garlic, nettles and sea beet.  Game is still holding on till the end of the month; fresh wild boar, British hares and venison should keep your wild urges in check for time being.   As usual, this is just a smattering 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.

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Editor 17th February 2014

Market Report – UK Seasonal update 17 February 2014

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