Veg news 15th November
Without any hesitation, one of the things we are proudest to sell as part of our range at Unicorn is salad leaves from our most local of suppliers, Glebelands City Growers. Since expanding to a dual site between Sale and Stockport, we’re lucky enough to have these available year round. It’s easy to take for granted how beautifully fresh and flavoursome a salad they create. They’ve recently migrated onto the winter salad mix which includes the spicy mizuna and red mustard leaves, the milder, succulent winter purslane, and the slightly bitter radicchio and different endives. It’s a lovely mix of flavours, colours and textures that sings with very little other intervention – a light vinaigrette or drizzle of oil is all they need.
This week also offers a fantastic selection of root vegetables form various growers. There’s some excellent beetroot from Nick Bagthorpe down in Norfolk; beautiful, radiant washed rainbow carrots from Royal Oak in Lancashire and very generously sized parsnips and turnips from the Wasses up in Yorkshire. The UK brassica range remains strong too, with some lovely local kales available from Farmstart and huge, stunning cauliflowers from francis Sampson in Penzance.
European wise, we are really enjoying the persimmon from Spain – a very sweet and juicy autumn fruit that works well as a seasonal porridge topper or mid-afternoon snack. Mangoes, pomegranates and French-grown feijoa are all eating well, and Spanish citrus continues to go from strength-to-strength. Courgettes remain very tricky to source and the shop floor price reflects their scarcity. French beans from Spain and watercress from France both deserve a double thumbs up. Oh and we’ve started on Hass avocadoes from Spain too!