Fruit & Vegetable Market Report [DEC]

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06/12/2016 - 12:43

This month, of course, is extra festive. After my trip to the Market, I dragged home a vast bunch of holly and a 6ft Christmas tree.

Holly at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

But not everyone was in such high spirits. The poor soul in the articulated lorry below was dragged away by this beast of a tow truck.

Recovery truck at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

December is always a lovely time on Buyers’ Walk. There’s plenty of colour from citrus fruit such as leafy clementines, lemons and bergamots.

Clementines at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Bergamot at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Pomegranates, kaki fruit, lychees and kumquats are also on top form.

Pomegranates at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Kumquats and lychees at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

It’s the beginning of the South African season for grapes and stone fruit such as peaches. No apricots yet at time of writing.

Less exotic – but still eating well – are English apples and pears. You’ll find Braeburn, russets, Cox, Bramley and Comice.

Comice pears at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

I was struck this year by the dazzling diversity of chilli varieties available – from red birds eye to green jalapenos, with many other types in between.

Chillies at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Fresh walnuts are fizzling out but there's plenty of dried nuts, including chestnuts. 

Chestnuts at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Veg includes all the brassicas such as cabbages, kales, broccoli, purple sprouting, sprouts (green and purple) and their tops. Savoy and Hispi deserve a special mention.

Savoy cabbage at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Brussel tops at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Purple Sprouts at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market December 2016

Leeks, carrots, beets and onions are all solid. British Jerusalem artichokes are a good call. Continental specialties include baby veg, celeriac, Borlotti beans, artichokes, Muscat grapes, round and straight courgettes, squashes, aubergines, black and red heart radish and much more. It’s last call for the Italian tomatoes – the Moroccan season is now underway.

Baby beetroots at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Baby veg at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Salad lines are now from the South of Europe, such as these salads and crunchy breakfast radishes.

Lettuce at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Breakfast radish at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

From Italy, expect all the plants from the chicory family - radicchios, puntarelle and more. I've become a bit obsessed by these plants and will give them a special mention in a Product Profile very soon. 

Mushrooms, too, are on good form. I’ve never seen such monster Pied Bleu as these, plus some lovely Cep below...

Pied bleu at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

Cep at New Covent Garden Fruit and Vegetable Market –- December 2016

See you in 2017. Feel free to drop me a line with any comments or questions and I hope you have a lovely festive break at the end of the month.

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Hello Having looked through

Hello
Having looked through your site,you seem to have difficulty promoting the qualities of uk produce why is this?
UK Grower

Thank you for your comment. I

Thank you for your comment. I am responsible for the Market Reports each month, not the website as a whole, but over the the course of the year I work hard showcase the best of British produce.

Have you seen any of our Grower Profiles or Product Profiles, for example? These in-depth articles are published each month. Here a few examples below from the last few months: kale in Lancashire; apples in Kent; and watercress from Dorset and Hampshire. All amazing growers at the top of their game.

http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/blog/grower-profile-molyneux-kale-c...
http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/blog/grower-profile-mark-eastwood
http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/blog/product-profile-wasabi-and-wat...

Best wishes,

Tom

Hi Tom, Would be lovely to

Hi Tom,

Would be lovely to see the in season UK before the further abroad produce...

And no that's not a Brexit-related comment, just me and my personal agenda...

Hope you're well - are you still in Kentish Town?

All the best,

Oliver.

Hi Ollie, lovely to hear from

Hi Ollie, lovely to hear from you! Well done with all the response to your book. Yes - still in Kentish Town. I have noted your point about the order of info. I always highlight the best of British produce in the Market Reports. But this month I started with some of the most colourful images - the citrus - to help grab the readers attention. Best wishes, Tom

Hi great job as always. Can

Hi great job as always. Can you include a little more detail when highlighting these lovely products. I am based down in Cornwall so would love to have an idea of who is selling what and the counts per box etc. ( for example 5kg boxes of purple sprouts available from xyz ) I may then be in a position to buy some stock and get it sent down to me. Many thanks tony

Dear Tony, glad you enjoyed

Dear Tony, glad you enjoyed the report. Could you please email me at food@tom-moggach.com as would like to help further. Best wishes, Tom