While we hope this cold snap might spur on the growth of the purple sprouting broccoli, we have in the meantime a new addition to our brassica range – kalettes or flower sprouts are a kale/Brussels-sprout-cross that even the sprout haters might like! Sweet and nutty they are a very versatile little veg that can be steamed, sautéed, roasted and even eaten raw.
Our local salad range remains strong with winter salad leaves from Glebelands in Sale and Stockport, rocket from Preston and Lincolnshire and lettuces from Duncan Gielty’s pollytunnels in Ormskirk. His coriander is just a few weeks away too, which should mean a more consistent supply and fewer gaps on the shelf.
All of this local produce is very welcome, as poor weather on the continent is affecting availability of cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines. Lack of sunshine and freezing temperatures in southern Europe has had a sudden impact on yields and prices are on the up for these ratatouille lines.
Blood oranges are developing in colour as the season progresses, and navels both Spanish and Sicilian are tasting great. Not forgetting the bitter Sevilles from the Ave Marie Orchards in Spain, for those who wish to banish the January blues with a spot of marmalade making….