It’s going to be lettuce weather this week! And that’s good thing, because the selection is outstanding. Choose between different red and green varieties, such as Batavia, Oak leaf and Frisée, as well as Romaines and little gems. The latter lend themselves well to charring and griddling, as well as a bread substitute in lettuce wraps. The lion share is supplied by growers from the North West.
The herb offer from Pam at Strawberry Fields is going from strength to strength. Today sees the addition of sage, spearmint and curly parsley. Lovage deserves a special mention; it not a herb that is commonly found in supermarkets and can therefore seem a little mysterious, but it’s versatile and delicious. The flavour is like parsley and celery combined with a hint of aniseed and curry. It combines well with lightly cooked spring vegetables.
Later this week we are expecting the first UK celery and cucumbers from Duncan Gielty in Ormskirk.
From Europe, nectarines are coming into their own. Both white and yellow flesh varieties have developed their summery flavour. Cherries got off to a good start, but lots of rain and high winds in Spain have decimated the crop. French aren’t affected as much, so we’ll be offering them from Thursday.