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PUNTARELLE * PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
PUNTARELLE has started its season. A favourite ingredient in Rome - adds class to a menu. Traditionally served with an intense dressing made with anchovy, garlic and wine vinegar.
WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MILAN MARKET
Our buyer Tess says: “Day time temperatures are still reasonable but night time temperatures are starting to drop. There has been rain in the north bringing the first significant snow to the Alps. In Milan market, the autumn/winter season is in full swing, with more staples coming back in: Tokyo turnips, long Napoli pumpkins, Ambrosia apples, Vanilla kaki and the much loved Tropea Rosso onions. Milan puts out a good size pumpkin 🎃 too, with a matching set of little ones to boot! Looking forward to seeing the first spikey artichokes, Thema artichokes, and the delicate lemon verbena.”
Tess also recommends: bergamot, puntarella, prickly pears, borlotti, Castelfranco, courgettes (incl. round and flowers), leafy clems, pomegranates, early Tardivo.
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WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM RUNGIS MARKET
Our buyer Andy says: “Winter draws on - as my Nan used to say - in Rungis. First cab off the winter goodies rank are new season clementines from Spain. The BRIO mark is best of the leafy, whilst the ever popular MON CHERI mark makes its first appearance. Portuguese clementines and oranges are in, a little expensive to start but prices will drop. Even the French are getting in on the citrus act with the first Citron de Nice.
It’s a super time for apples and pears. Our old friend Fabien from VASSOUT offers fantastic fruit grown in the Paris basin about 30km from Rungis. A family run concern for over fifty years. Varieties currently include sublime Reine de Reinettes apples and Beurre Hardy pears. Chantecler apples, beloved of pastry chefs, are available, and the fantastic Rose Comice from Mouneyrac. Tarte tatin anyone?
Amazing, fantastic French ceps come in daily at frankly ridiculously decent prices - be quick though as they don’t hang around long. French girolles are also around and in superb nick. Sadly, it’ll be time to say goodbye to the French figs in a couple of weeks. Mirabelles are also about to come to an end.”
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Andy also recommends: new season Roscoff onions, Cevenne onions, Lautrec Garlic, rainbow Swiss chard, Muscat grapes, Yuzu and Zebra lemons, quince, custard apples, fresh walnuts and chestnuts.
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Our buyer Gaelle says: “French courgette season is over while the Spanish are very cheap and good quality. From Brittany, not much change - only Romanesco price is down. Heritage tomato price is very low. Artichokes and baby chokes also available but in limited volumes and prices quite high. Gourds, all sorts of pumpkins, Muscade and Butternut are full season in France, Spain and Portugal. Banana shallot and Jerusalem artichoke prices is down again this week.
From Morocco, white Kapya has started! Red kapya is still very short and mostly Category 2. Green chilli price is dropping although volumes are low as demand is not there. Big demand though for red chilies which are still short. We are hoping to receive the first pallets from Morocco later this week!”