Seasonal update - March 12th

Seasonal update - March 12th
Wild Harvest UK

Wild Harvest UK

Standard Supplier 12th March 2012

Seasonal update - March 12th

 
Wild Mushrooms
 
Wild mushroom importers throughout the world are twitching like champion jockeys in the stalls for the first of the mighty Fresh Morel mushroom from Turkey.
Regular conversations with both picking stations and middle men confirm that tiny quantities have been harvested so far.
I will be doing my Turkish rain dance tonight, as H2O is required to bring the flush on and a purchase viable.
Last year we jumped in on the 15th May and I fully expect to do the same this year. We will be able to confirm this tomorrow.
Prices will be high initially, quality will be perfect and who could resist getting in early?
Morels offer flavour, a spectacular sauce catching shape and very little prep or weight loss on cooking.
 
Other than that all of the below will now be coming from the US, as Europe takes a breather until Bulgaria kicks in at the end of April/early May. The unique Bulgarian micro-climate will produce Girolles, Mousseron & St George. We are well positioned to take advantage of this with a direct link to the picking stations.
 
Chanterelle Jaune
Pied de Mouton
Trompette
 
Truffles
 
Italian Winter Truffles have a fine nose & marbling. Prices have dropped as the season comes to a close.
Bianchetti or Spring White Truffles from Italy provide a great nose to £ ratio. Forget about its odd appearance; use this truffle while the short season lasts!
 
Fruits
 
Gariguette Strawberry prices drop - an early taste of summer!
Meyer Lemons (originally Chinese lemon/Mandarin cross) from the US are coming in on the back of our mushroom shipments. A great clean, yet complex flavour - I used one to flavour some butter to dip my Asparagus into.
I’ll be checking Alfonso Mango availability later today.
Apples, Pears & Quince all in good supply.
 
Bring on European Melons, Strawberries a plenty and stone fruit I say. We are resisting the urge to air freight for taste, commercial & ethical reasons.
 
Vegetables
 
For those who appreciate rare early crops we have Jersey Royal Spuds and excellent English Asparagus from the WyeValley. Prices have started to drop.
Wild Garlic is pumping nicely now from Norfolk.
As well as Wild Onions the first fiddlehead ferns (pictured) have now come in fresh from San Francisco.
We have started with the WesternState’s variety (a little ruddy in colour). When the East side kicks off in May prices will drop, and the fronds will be a bright emerald green.
We see the first Fresh Peas and Broad Beans this week. Initially from Morocco they will be closely followed by Spain, France and then the UK.

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