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Fruit and Veg in Season for April 2024

Fruit and Veg in Season for April 2024

Fruit and Vegetable Market Report for April 2024

Spring is firmly here and asparagus is star of the show. English asparagus is available but volumes are slowly increasing. A spell of warm weather will speed up the crop.

The picture below shows a rarity - wild asparagus foraged in France, which shows the original plant.

wild asparagus

Wild garlic is a big seller at this time of year. It's peak season for foraged crops in the UK, which will soon start to flower. Wet garlic is also available.

All grades of Jersey Royal potatoes are here - this photo shows the chat / pearl grade, which is the smallest in size.

Jersey Royal chats

Peas and broad beans are available and typically Spanish, French or Italian. 

You can still find boxes of Yorkshire forced rhubarb but the outdoor crop is now available at a lower price.

English rhubarb

Other UK crops for April include purple sprouting broccoli. In general, British brassicas are now coming to the end of their prime season as they prefer colder weather. But you will still find kales, cauliflowers and cabbages. 

Purple sprouting

This photo shows some stunning English pak choi. Watercress is also a good call at this time of year. 

pak choi

From Italy and Spain, the citrus season is coming to an end. Nardicotts are the last of the easy peelers. Blood oranges will be available for a couple more weeks. 

blood oranges

Strawberries are surprisingly good in April. From France, you can find batches of Gariguettes, for example - pricey but excellent flavour. 

Gariguette strawberries

Alfonso mangoes have a short season. Due to their short shelf life, they are not widely available on Buyer's Walk. There are some lovely figs from Brazil and Peru.


Other highlights from the Continent include these beautiful zucca squashes from Italy. 

Zucca squash

The radicchios are now end of season. Every tried a calcot? Fantastic alliums from Catalunya, traditionally charred on the grill and served with romesco sauce. 

Calcot onions

Courgette season has started in France so you will find a range including yellow and green round courgettes. Borlotti beans are just underway. Artichokes are still a good bet.


For something unusual, here are tomatillos - a key ingredient for Mexican salsas.


Wild mushrooms this month include St George and, soon, the start of Turkish morels. 

See you in May for our next Market Report. 

Tommy Leighton
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