After a truly sensational run, the Spanish avocado season has come to an end. Until the new harvest in November we’ll be sourcing them from South America and Africa, starting with Peru. Southern Hemisphere avocados do the job, but if (like us) you got used to the perfect creaminess of the Spanish ones, some management of expectations might be needed.
There’s a smattering of baby plum tomatoes from the Isle of Wight; just enough to whet your appetite for the start of the UK tomato season! Our veg buyers had a productive video call with the guys at Wights and if all goes to plan, our first direct pallet of large vine and cherry vine tomatoes should come in next week. Watch this space.
Local growers Glebelands are keeping our display looking green with the addition of true spinach and bunched salad turnips from Wednesday. Talking about greens, kale is on a break until June, but broccoli is back in limited amounts.
A few more highlights: French fennel! A sure sign things are moving north. Courgettes and broad beans won’t be far behind. New orange pumpkins from Agrico-op in Sicily are very creamy with a soft flavour. Try roasting with a generous amount of oil and salt, then eat straight away and save some for adding to a green salad the next day 🙂
Finally, we’ve got a good supply of asparagus (various UK origins) this week and spring onions from Duncan Gielty remain the stars of the show.