Market Report 11.4.19

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GARLIC IS PRODUCT OF THE WEEK.

Bunched wet garlic here from France (10kg bunches; 7kg boxes), along with smoked and rose; wild garlic from our foragers in UK; black garlic for that extra umami flavour.

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MILAN MARKET

Summer is on hold with the weather taking a seasonal step backwards. Temperatures are down, there’s been snow in the mountains.

The courgette family are starting with white, Romanesco, green, and now trombetta available.

The staples are still going strong: chima di rappe, punterella, spinach, asparagus, citrus, and tomatoes. More delicate produce is appearing: borage flowers and tarragon. Verbena and red basil won’t be far behind.

Sicilian ridged cucumbers are about and the rest of the mad family to follow, with the striped caroselli due in shortly. On the stone fruit front we are close now with the first apricots due in the next couple of weeks.”
— Tess, our Italian buyer (07766 654732 / tess@eurosalad.co.uk)

Tess also recommends: peas, broadbeans, bruscandoli, Candonga strawberries, Abate pears, San Mazzano, Marinda, agretti, basil, courgette flowers, Tropea onions, La Costiera lemons, Rainbow chard.

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM RUNGIS MARKET

Our old mate Benjamin from Saveurs de Chailly is back in the Growers Pavillion with his stunning tomatoes. Grown in Chailly en Biere, pollinated by bees and using natural coconut fibre and potting soil as part of the Natugro system. We believe these tomatoes are amongst the finest quality being sold in Rungis today. They have an incredible depth of flavour and look sensational. A must for spring menus.

Garigette continue to come down in price. If you’re not working these beauties then you should be! French Tulameen raspberries from top growers Panach have kicked off the French berry season.

White asparagus also coming down in price as the further we get into the season and proving good value.”
— Andy, our French buyer (07810 504512 / andy@esc-foods.co.uk)

Andy also recommends: Rainbow radish, yellow courgettes, air freight mango, French cauliflowers, Jerusalem artichokes, celeriac, sand carrots. 

ESC DIRECT - OUR BESPOKE, WHOLE-PALLET ONLY WHOLESALE SERVICE

In France, courgettes from the south are full season and prices more accessible. Banana shallot volumes are getting lower and price keeps increasing as expected - quality is excellent though. Romanesco from Brittany is low on volumes and back to high prices. Heritage are also available and affordable. Cauli price keeps quite strong and volumes getting lower. Jérusalem artichokes and root vegetables are available. Baby chokes are available but only in small volumes from Brittany.

In Spain, globe artichokes are short while the French won’t start for over a month at least. So a gap is expected. The red Spanish Palermo is still short and the price keeping strong. Courgettes are quite short still and price has been going up. Chilies in 3kg trays are still not available at the moment.Nor are the Moroccan red chilies for over two weeks now ....! And the few available extremely expensive!

In Morocco, the crossings from Tangier seem better so we are expecting more volumes in most items. The green chilies are also in much lower volumes and keep quite strong in price!
— Gaelle, ESC Direct (+33 789 866 675 / esc.direct@hotmail.fr)

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