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Fruit and Veg in Season for November

Fruit and Veg in Season for November

2 Nov, 2022

It's full-on festive ingredients at the Market right now. Brussel sprouts - and their tops - are first in the line.

They join all the other brassicas, such as kales, Cavolo Nero, Hispi cabbage, Romanesco, kohl rabi and winter cauliflowers.

This is Cime di Rapa (a.k.a. turnip tops) - a specialist crop from Italy.

Chestnuts are ready for roasting; other nuts include wet walnuts and hazlenuts.

Squashes of every size, shape and colour.

This is also an excellent time for some of the more specialist root crops such as red meat radish (pictured below), Crapaudine beetroot, Chantenay carrots, parsley root and Jerusalem artichokes.

These are chervil root - found on many a fancy menu these days.

Citrus season has well and truly started, ranging from Portuguese Navel oranges to rarities such as Italian cedro (pictured below) and bergamot.

You may also find some very early batches of blood oranges. In the last few years, Australian growers have shipped their crop over in November and December to gain an early share of the market.

Other recommended fruit for November include the last of the Bursa black figs, mangoes, quince pomegranates and, of course, English apples and pears. Comice pears are terrific right now.

It's a strong time for wild mushrooms. Ceps are the winner.

And don't forget some of those winter salad crops, too. Early Tardivo radicchio is available, along with Castel Franco and puntarelle. Winter tomatoes include Camone and Marinda. See you in December for our next Market Report.

Tommy Leighton
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