Market Report - UK seasonal update 4 August 2014

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Editor 4th August 2014

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Wild-Harvest-logo   August is one of those nice crossover months in produce. Many summer lines are yet to have burnt out, and early autumn crops appear.

Wild Mushrooms & Truffles

  • Girolle prices nudge up but still offer excellent value for moneyBursa Turkish Black Figs
  • Yellow chanterelle quality is lovely from Bulgaria
  • Trompette are solid
  • Pied de mouton persist
  • Summer cep and flashes of mousseron are around, but with the abundance & good health of the above it’s worth waiting for these two
  • Italian summer truffles are still very good and cheap prices hold
 

Fruits

Greengage Plums   We are biding our time with a little black fig action from Spain. The variety which really gets our collective pulses pumping is the mighty Bursa black fig from Turkey. Plump, presentable, affordable and delicious. We want them now, but will probably have to wait a couple of weeks. I could wax lyrical about these wonders but would prefer you read this article from the Telegraph.   To avoid exhausting summer heat attention spans, here’s an outburst listing some of our other dear fruity friends in full flow:-
  • Charentais melons
  • Greengage plums (known in France as Reine Claude in honour of the wife of King Francis I, before our Gallic cousins sharpened their blades and quickly dispatched their aristocracy)
  • Mirabelle plums
  • Magnificent Muscat grapes
  • Cherries
  • The full spread of peach and nectarine varieties (including my favourite ugly blood peach)
  • Red & green gooseberries
  • Tomatoes galore
  • Cob nuts
  • Apricots

Vegetables

It’s easy to forget about savory plant life when fruits are rife. Let’s not. Here are some highlights:-
  • Coco beansSweetcorn
  • Borlotti beans
  • Peas
  • Broad beans
  • Purple and golden cauliflowers
  • A plethora of baby vegetables
  • Wet garlic
  • The humble but delicious runner bean
  • Wild fennel
  • Baby artichokes
  • Lovely waxy ratte potatoes
  • Sweetcorn
 

Ambient CornerMuscat Grapes

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 4th August 2014

Market Report - UK seasonal update 4 August 2014

IN ASSOCIATION WITH