Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, and we are into the New Year, it is a perfect time to take stock and reflect. What worked on your menus? What was popular and will be returning and what did you wish you had had more of in your kitchens?
January brings a mix of weather conditions that can affect crops across our region, with storms battering our coastlines over the past few days and a cold snap predicted to hit us in the coming weeks, but rest assured that we are keeping in close contact with all our local and Global suppliers and will have regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Root, Leafy, Piccolo, Heritage…
The good news is that as we write this, we know that all our local root vegetables remain at their best, making it a great time to make the most of carrots, parsnips, swede, turnips, Jerusalem artichokes, celeriac, beetroots and leeks.
Leafy Vegetables available will include cauliflower, savoy and January King cabbage, kale and black cabbage and some locally sourced purple sprouting broccoli which may be short-lived if the weather turns colder.
Heritage Beetroots, Piccolo baby parsnips, Chantenay carrots and Salsify are also available as an alternative to the usual roots too and are great quality at the moment.
The Wonderful Potato…
Lots of varieties of Potatoes in season now from local Red Stemster and the lovely and versatile Maris Piper through to the more unusual Heritage varieties of Pink Fir, Ratte and Purple Violette (Black Truffle).
Citrus Fruits are more plentiful from Spain and Italy with blood oranges now available and also Seville Marmalade Oranges. These are only available for about 4 – 6 weeks though so if you would like them, let us know as soon as you can. Leafy Clementine’s and Spanish navel oranges are also in their prime now.
Apples and pears are likely to increase in price going into the spring due to poor harvests last Autumn in Europe leading to a general shortage of supply.
The supply of grapes has been difficult leading up to Christmas but is now beginning to improve with prices likely to fall a little.
Other seasonal fruit now in:
• Coxes and Russet Apples
• Conference Pears and Quince
• Medjool dates
Southern European salads are all still looking pretty good with Italian baby leaves are looking particularly good – Roquette, Baby Spinach and Red Chard as well as the colourful mixed baby leaves.
As always, our team is on hand to speak to you about any product that you may need, and we are happy to discuss individual requirements. Just call us today on 01366 386633!