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CROSNES * PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
CROSNES … A.K.A. Chinese artichokes. Can be eaten raw or cooked, life’s too short to peel them – a lot of the flavour is in the skin. Visitors to our stand have noted they look like micro Michelin men!
WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MILAN MARKET
Our buyer Tess says: “In Milan it was rainy and chilly. Temperatures are heading down. This has affected items such as the last borlotti, some courgettes and little ciccorinos. However a few new things arrived this week: the first big Navel oranges, kohl rabi, nespole (medlars), Annurche apples and spikey artichokes.
Another delicious discovery was beautiful mountain garlic from the Basilicata area, just started. The big bulbs are a from a small protected production. The family farm also had some wonderfully funky little items this week, with delicate baby sage with flowers and asperula (a.k.a. woodruff). Signs of next month are about too, with lots of beautiful dried dates, figs and other fruit. The infamous panettone from Milan are starting to come in too. Looking forward to seeing, red kiwis, chocolate marindas and La Costiera walnuts.”
Tess also recommends: Thema artichokes, cime di rapa, puntarella, kaki fruit, bergamot, Tardivo, Castelfranco, Cavolo nero, Tropea Rosso, peppers, fennel, tomatoes (Beef Heart, Camone, Datterino, Costaluto, Zebra, San Marzano).
CONTACT TESS, OUR ITALIAN BUYER: 07766 654732 / firstname.lastname@example.org
WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM RUNGIS MARKET
Our buyer Andy says: “It’s a great time for roots. First up new season Helianthus (Jerusalem artichoke), chervil roots and the increasingly popular crosnes. More regular roots are also bang in form. Carrots, be they white, purple yellow are bursting with colour and flavour. Baby carrots on the bunch are in peak season. Coloured regular carrots on the bunch are also available. There’s a pleasingly bumper harvest of wonderful French Cepes and Girolles, superb quality and because there are so many prices are very good. A must for current menus but get on quick as supplies will start to dwindle in a couple of weeks.
Summer may be a distant memory but there’s still a taste of sunshine to be found. Provence outdoor grown tomatoes are still growing strong – varieties include Pineapple, Noir de Crimee, Coeur d’Antan and Rose, plus our old pal Benjamin at Saveur de Chailly is coming into the Growers Hall with his fantastic tomatoes for another month. Blue Raf tomatoes from Spain have been spotted on the market.”
CONTACT ANDY, OUR FRENCH BUYER: 07810 504512 / email@example.com
Andy also recommends: Cevennes and Roscoff onions, Citron de Nice, Yuzu, finger limes, Corsican clementines, Chassellas grapes, Muscat grapes, Mara des Bois strawberries, Provence kaki, Provence courgette flowers, apples and pears, Provence salads.
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Our buyer Gaelle says: “Heavy demand for cauliflower this week: French price on 8 heads was cheaper than UK but seems to be going up daily and getting quite short. Heritage tomato price is up as volumes are much shorter. Banana shallot and Jerusalem chokes are still cheap and full season.
Romanesco volume has increased and price is low. Courgettes are getting more expensive even though Moroccan have started - volumes are good, demand is strong and quality excellent. Red kapya are now available daily, affordable and quality keeps improving. Red chilies from Morocco are now on the market in small volumes and quite expensive compared to Italian which are cheaper but will be end of season soon! Padron peppers from Spain are currently quite short and hard to find. Spanish figs are still available although the season shall be soon over ... but with the French and Turkish out of season, there is a strong demand. Sweet potato price has raised last week. Egyptian is also available.”