Seasonally speaking, November can be a bit “as you were” from last month with roots and brassicas firmly embedded on many Autumnal menus. This may be the case but there is still a delightful profusion of offerings to keep the seasonal vibes running through any menu adjustments.
Two key things to look out for this month are the transition on to Southern Hemisphere fruit and a full changing of the guard in the salad world.
It’s time for Halloween so Pumkins and Squashes are aplenty. October truly is the month of hearty earth warming cuisine. The type of dishes you enjoy after a long autumnal walk with your cheeks having a rasping glow shimmering off them.
New season Belgium Conference Pears have started. It may be worth mentioning that Conference Pears are a harder fruit. Store at room temperature but do not wait until the product is too soft as the flesh wil have a woody texture.
English Plums are now available and will be with us throughout August! We should also see Victoria’s Plum next month. With availability low on European stone fruit this year we have seen prices rising daily for Peaches, Nectarines, and Apricots, still taste fantastic and well worth paying that little bit extra!
New arrival this month is the English Cherry. The amount of flavour and Juice you get from these small fruits is just incredible! Make sure you try out this local gem of a stone fruit whilst you can.
Plenty of Lemon and Lime available at the moment which is probably due to the Pubs and restaurants still being shut.
Summer is here!
Home-grown Iceberg, Little Gem, Cos and varieties of ‘fancy’ lettuce are now available, all of which are excellent quality.
All varieties of melons will be Spanish: Cantaloupe, Galia, Water, Honeydew and Piel de Sapo.
Ever popular Conference Pears are at the end of their season, to be followed by Packham and William varieties.
South American Satsumas are superb quality at the moment - a must-have for any fruit basket. Raspberries are becoming more difficult to find good quality until the English start at the end of the Month. This will then be followed by Blueberries later in June.
The only word we can think of that describes February 2020 perfectly is wet. Storm Ciara and storm Dennis have hit the country hard this month which will have an impact on local crops going forward.
We finally say goodbye to January, the month that seems to go on forever and hello to February which is the shortest month of the year! It's also time to think about your Valentine’s day menus if you haven’t already.
First off we would like to wish all our customers a Happy New Year and a big thank you for your custom throughout 2019. We are truly grateful and consider it an absolute privilege to supply fresh produce and foodservice products to every one of you. January can be the ideal month to add a bit of freshness and zing into your menu planning with some iconic delights heading down the seasonal highway.