Market Report - UK Seasonal update 4 February 2014

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Editor 4th February 2014

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Hello Chef, and welcome to February! Worldwide wet weather is causing some crop failure and harvesting issues. We hope that it does not continue into spring, as insect pollination can be affected which may cause produce issues for certain lines for the rest of the year.  An example is the unusual cultivated stems of sea kale. All hopes are pinned on Scotland where the farmer is trying to crop weekly, and has every bunch sold way before it is cut from the ground.  On a brighter note our buying options with producers, and The World’s fruit & veg markets put us in the best possible position to get the goods. If that fails, we will lean on extensive preserved options like our forefathers.  Wild Mushrooms & Truffles Chanterelle Grey & Yellow Legged from France, Spain & Portugal. Pied de Mouton from Spain & Portugal Girolles from Spain & Portugal Trompette supply is getting stickier than a very sticky thing.  We are buying both Italian & Perigord black winter truffles.  Valentines  As Valentine’s has a feminine bias, here’s some work which I’ve paraphrased from Paola our feminine multilingual multi-tasker.  Valentine’s is just around the corner, and here at Wild Harvest we take love very seriously…If you have ran out of ideas after the Christmas madness, here is a list of love-provoking products that will help you with your 14th of February menus .  Artichoke and Palm Tree Hearts Oca Tuber and Purple Potatoes, starch in the colour of love Beetroot filled pasta or red quinoa Venison and Wild Boar Caviar, because nothing goes better with Champagne Ruby centered Blood Oranges, fresh or in frozen puree form Passion (fruit) in every shape or form; fresh, pure, paste, crispy or powder Mixed Berries, although not in season, the ultimate love fruit… Indulgent chocolate from Cocoa Barry: white Zephyr; milky and not too sweet. Milk Ghana, from the Origins line, fruity and with an intense cocoa Flavour and Dark Guayaquil, also a single origin, flowery and feminine Vanilla pods from Papua New Guinea and Moroccan Rose Water There is no Valentine without flowers, so we have them fresh, dried or crystallized. And for any new and surprising dishes, the Sosa range is there to give you a hand with those more elaborate techniques.  Game Last week of birds as Saturday saw city gents store away their green wellies until the season kicks off again in August. We continue with venison and wild boar to complete February at least. 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 4th February 2014

Market Report - UK Seasonal update 4 February 2014

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