Market Report - UK seasonal update 7 November 2016

The Staff Canteen


This week's market report from Wild Harvest features wild mushrooms, comice pears and puntarella as well as a whole host of other fruit and vegetables currently in season which you can see below:

Wild Mushrooms & Truffles

  • Splashes of fresh cep from Poland in both whole and sliced forms
  • Chanterelle gris & jaune from various European locations
  • Trompette & pied de mouton are also popping up in different nations
  • Russia cling onto girolle supply. Just. Quality is dropping

Now is the time to enjoy wild mushrooms, as a prolonged cold snap could limit the delicious and affordable options above any week now.

Our supply won’t stop, but we are peaking now. Whilst the US, South Africa and Portugal provide welcome winter options it’s time to get amongst the mush.

Black autumn truffles are coming from Italy. Black winter truffles are only worth a carrot from mid-December onwards really. Some say January but that’s a little extreme.

"Truffles are only really good after Christmas.....So let us allow ignorant fops, beardless gourmands, and inexperienced palates the perry triumph of eating the first truffles."
Grimod de La Reynière

White truffles are in good shape and the price is relatively keen.


Comice pears are now lovely. The dumpy plump fruit are now ripe enough to make a mess of your face.

We are trading both leafy and the premium end Socculente celementines and they eat ever so well already.

Muscat grapes are still strong.

Figs have made the hop to South America. Call me a snobby locavore, but that’s when I look to preserved products for my figgy fix.

English apples are superb.


The Italian duo of puntarella and cima di rapa are now showing.

I love a bitter leaf, and think that these two form fab counters to rich fruity sauces.

Puntarella is a member of the endive or chicory family, the most elegant of which in my opinion is the lovely raddiccio tardivo from the Treviso area (now in season).

Chervil and parsley roots flourish, as do crosnes.

Unexpected autumnal colours run riot through cabbages, chards, carrots and beets.

Our forager in Norfolk is still providing a good range including the delicious alexander.  If it gets much colder this will be reduced to the hardy sea purslane as leaves get killed and berries eaten by hungry birds.

I won’t flog a dead horse as I have a whole season to dribble on about the impending blood orange season, and the merits of the Jerusalem artichoke.

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Editor 7th November 2016

Market Report - UK seasonal update 7 November 2016