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Fruit and Veg in Season for September

Fruit and Veg in Season for September

6 Sep, 2022

The mood has shifted on Buyer's Walk, as summer slides into autumn. There is a vast range of British produce on show.

Fruit includes early apples such as russets and Early Windsor, plus soft fruits - blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and the end of the strawberries.

Cobnuts are now in their golden stage with a full flavour.

Plums are peak season. (You will also find Mirabelle, damsons, sloes and greengages).

Highlights of UK veg include sweetcorn, squashes and all the roots. Runner beans are on fine form and you will still find broad beans and the last of the homegrown peas. (Other beans available include Italian Borlotti and Coco beans from France).

Salads are still strong - watercress is particularly good at this time of year.

From across the Channel, you will see imports of speciality root crops such as chervil and parsley root, nasturtium root, oca and sand carrots. Jerusalem artichokes are also in season.

It's a fine time for wild mushrooms - especially ceps and girolle.

September is a good month for figs. There are high end French figs on the Market but look to Bursa black figs from Turkey for the best value. These will be abundant for the next couple of months.

Other speciality crops include Lautrec garlic, with its lovely pink colour.

I love the colour on this Italian basil - sold in the bundle with roots still attached.

There are excellent tomatoes on the Market - a huge range of varieties. Here is the mighty Pineapple tomato, grown in France.

Grapes in September include French Muscat and Italian Strawberry grape - pictured below - with its remarkable flavour.

See you in October for our next Market Report.

Thomas Moggach
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