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Produce News August 2016

August 4th, 2016 by

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For fresh produce wholesalers like us, August is an excellent month.  Not only do we still have the great tasting fruit and vegetables from summer still firmly on our tables, but we also can start to look forward to the delights that the autumn season will bring.

 

We wave goodbye to Jersey Royals for now but have no fear, Norfolk peer is great substitute and a reliable and tasty product in its own right so making the switch to these is a winner whatever way you look at it.

Cherries will finish sometime during this month to, as will Jerusalem Artichokes and Rhubarb, although it is not long to wait until forced appears in November, and we can start to make the crumbles again to warm us through the winter.

On the way out or difficult in August are Old Crop Potatoes; New crop will start to replace these with a big improvement in quality which is always a bonus.

Gooseberries and Blackcurrants are no longer available fresh then frozen are still available and just as delicious if you ask us!

Lemons are till southern hemisphere and expensive due to a world shortage and this is likely to continue until autumn when the Turkish and Spanish fruit appear and keep an eye on our Twitter page as we will alert you, as soon as they hit our warehouse!

New crop Local Cooking Apples will be in at the end of August, so lots to look forward to on the fruit front!

Seasonal Must Haves:

  • Local Heygates Norfolk Peer Potatoes
  • New Crop Local Carrots
  • New Local Savoy
  • Local New Cauliflower and Broccoli
  • Suffolk Baby Vegetables
  • Fresh Peas and Broad Beans
  • Local Baby Salad Leaves
  • Local Bunched Heritage Coloured Beetroots
  • New Crop Turnips
  • Local Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries- Great Flavour
  • Mixed Heritage Tomatoes and Radish
  • English Watercress
  • Spring Onions
  • Heritage Coloured Radishes
  • Local Kale, Chard and Spinach
  • European Peaches/Nectarine/Apricots –in their prime now
  • Spanish melons and French Charantais Melons- Now in main season
  • Edible Flowers- many varieties available

Looking Forward to:

  • Victoria Plums
  • Autumn Squashes
  • Local Apples and Pears

Still in, but not at their best:

  • Parsnips
  • Swede
  • Spanish Leeks
  • Celeriac
  • Onions
  • Heritage Potatoes – Ratte/Anya/Pink Fir Apple/Purple(Violette)- changing from old season to new season
  • Butternut Squash/Sweet Potatoes