This month we’ll be seeing some changes, as we make the transition from Autumn to Winter. You’ll start to see some Christmas favourites make their way in with only a few weeks to go until the celebrations begin. So let’s take a look at what’s happening in the world of fruit and veg as we come towards the year end.
Please be aware that all outdoor crops can be affected by harsh, cold weather across Europe as we come into the winter months.
It’s that time of year again when, love them or hate them, Brussels Sprouts are in demand. Brussels Sprouts, and Sprout Tops are now in stock, with prepared Sprouts available from the beginning of December. Also starting are local Romanescu, and Coloured Cauliflowers which will be around until the first hard frosts. Great to add some colour to your dish!
Regular Cauliflower is also still available. January King Cabbages are now starting, to replace the local Spring Pointed which has now finished. Savoy, Black Cabbage (Cavelo Nero), Red and White Cabbages will all stay on stock moving forward. Now in main season are Kale, Rainbow and Swiss Chards, Spinach, and Leafy Fenland Celery. Purple Sprouting Broccoli will also stick around until those harsh frosts kick in.
In full swing are local Carrots with a few variations on the standard to play with – why not try some English Mixed Rainbow Carrots, small Chantenay, or (available to order) White Chantenays?
Good for quality and value are Swede, Parsnip, Leeks, Celeriac and Jerusalem Artichokes, which are all in main season now. Other roots available are Parsley Root, Fennel, Salsify, Fresh Horseradish, local Purple and Green Kohl Rabi, Turnips and Red, Candy, Gold and White Beetroots.
With Halloween gone, standard Halloween Pumpkins are no longer in stock, but our local grower still has over 20 varieties of Squash available – just give us a call to find what you’re looking for. Imported Muscat Pumpkins remain on stock, as does the year round favourite Butternut Squash.
The main crop UK Potato harvest is finishing and crops are looking good, so you will see good quality and size giving us stable prices through the winter and heading into spring. Heritage varieties such as Ratte, Violette (Purple) Pink Fir Apple, and Anya have all started, but we’ve seen the last of the local boxed Heygates Norfolk Maris Peer Mids.
Regular Broccoli has moved to imported stock from Spain for the winter, but is still good quality and a decent price.
Baby Vegetables are still in stock, but are now imported French, and moving forward, will change to South African.
Salads have all now changed to Spanish, French and Italian so prices have risen a little so for best value, go to local root and leaf vegetables.
Why not try some products from our range of Prepared Vegetables? All are made in house, and are high quality and time saving products! There is a huge range available, so give us a call for prices and to discuss your needs – just bear in mind that we need a minimum of 24 hours notice on these. We also carry Prepared, Washed Salads and Fruit Salad, Orange, and Grapefruit Segments.
Wild Mushrooms are still in season with Trompettes De Mort, Pied De Mouton, and Yellow and Grey Chanterelles. Girolles continue to run in the background as a good standard. Prices and availability will vary, so please call to confirm both.
New in are Fresh Cranberries and vacuum packed or frozen Peeled Chestnuts. Fresh Chestnuts will be in stock soon. Also on the horizon are Blood Oranges, starting in mid December. Blood Orange Puree is available in the meantime.
Local Apples are now available and crops are looking good. Good seasonal apples are Cox, Russets and Bramleys. Local Conference Pears will also be around until the other side of Christmas.
This is the beginning of the main season for Citrus fruits from Spain so we can expect to see good quality Oranges, Satsumas, Clementines and Lemons to see us through Christmas.
Turkish Black Figs are now finishing, but will be replaced by Brazilian and Israeli green varieties.
Quince will be available until Christmas with Quince Jelly/Paste always available in 900g blocks.
Local Raspberries are the last of the local berries to finish. Most are now imported stock. Also finished are European Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots. Italian Plums are still good and in a few weeks, Peaches and Nectarines will be back on the scene from the southern hemisphere.
A Little Something Special
We have a huge range of Micro Leaves, Vegetables, Shoots and Edible Flowers available through Nurtured in Norfolk. Please ask for a list, or call to order what you’re looking for.
A relatively new product to us is Sea Salt Flakes from Maldon. Available in 1.5 kilo tubs, and with a smoked variety available, this could be an excellent item to compliment your cooking. Why not try some?