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Fruit and Veg in Season for October 2023

Fruit and Veg in Season for October 2023

Fruit and Vegetable Market Report for October 2023

There's a real taste of autumn on the Market this month.

The start of the European citrus season brings early clementines. Next up are ingredients such as bergamot, cedro and leafy oranges.

Chestnuts have started - shelled or still encased in the spiky shells. Wet walnuts are also available.


This is primetime for UK apples. Varieties currently available include Gala (pictured below), Worcester and the first of the Cox. Comice pears have just begun.

You may also find some fruit from growers across the channel, such as these Granny Smith from Vassout.

Vassout apples

Plums are also a good buy.


There are still lots of melons on the Market. This is early season for Turkish Bursa figs.

Turkish black figs

Other fruits worth a shout are quince, lychees and mangoes.

For something sweet and more unusual, there are plenty of quality exotics such as this sugar cane spotted at wholesaler London Herb Company.

sugar cane

Further down Buyer's Walk, how about durian at wholesaler P & I, whose 'flash' (display) of exotics included Nashi pears, rambutans, jackfruit, green papaya, krachai and brown shimeji mushrooms.

Durian fruit

For veg, Brussel sprouts have begun. All types of roots are ready: bunched carrots, turnips, radish, chervil root, beetroot.

UK brassicas include Savoy and Hispi cabbage, green and purple kale, Romanesco, cauliflowers, purple sprouting and kohl rabi.

Brussel sprouts

Look at these gorgeous French beans over at wholesaler S Thorogood & Son grown in the Vale of Evesham.

French beans

Sweetcorn is reasonably priced.


Enjoy a huge range of UK squashes - both edible and ornamental.

Ornamental squash

From Italy, you will find the first of the radicchios, puntarelle, cime di rapa and Borlotti beans.

Cep mushrooms are the best of the wild. Chanterelles, girolles and trompette are also available.

See you in November for our next Market Report.

Tommy Leighton
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