Is it a turnip? Is it a radish? One thing we can be certain of is that these salad turnips from local favourites Glebelands City Growers are absolutely delicious. The crunchy, peppery bulbs make a nice addition to any salad and the leaves can be wilted down for a pleasantly bitter green side dish.
Ahead of this clement spring weekend we’ll have an amazing array of UK salads from a host of growers. Lettuces are abundant from Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire and Libby Flintoff and Ward & Thompson in Lancashire while the Glebelands salad leaf mix is back on the shelves and looking particularly good. Spring onions from Duncan Gielty deserve a mention too, a particularly difficult crop to grow, this week’s look and taste great.
Asparagus from Lucy Watts remains a simple pleasure – get your fill while this short season abounds. Carrots have finished from our Scottish supplier Skea for this year, so we’re looking towards Italy for the next month or so. Demand is high across Europe after poor weather in Spain affected the crop there, so expect slightly higher prices until the new UK season begins.
Stone fruit from Spain is hitting its stride this week, flat peaches have a lovely blush for so early in the season and nectarines are developing in sweetness and flavour. The first apricots arrive tomorrow from Agrico-op in Sicily and (fingers crossed) we’ll be getting our first cherries of the year next week too.