Market Report 25.1.19

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From Italy, the artichokes are going well now with just the Spikey artichokes to catch up. The big purple Roma artichokes are now coming loose in boxes, and the bouquet artichokes have just jumped up in size with the bouquets now containing 15 heads instead of the 8 previously. From Spain, good Calico artichokes are available: smaller 15’s but also good size 12’s available. 
— Tess and Andy


Milan is cold again this week with temperatures below freezing at night. Italy has seen another lot of snowfall from the north, some due in Milan but now rain in the south. Some items such as agretti or monk’s beard that were affected by the cold came back in small quantities this week. Red tomatoes are still expensive due to the cold. Citrus is abundant at the moment, with just about everything in season. Appearing for the first time this week were Amare bitter oranges and red skinned Tarocco, which are deliciously sweet inside but not red - only the skin has colour. Interestingly the Amare oranges are very similar to Seville oranges and used for the same type of marmalade production. Looking ahead and we should have the new production of asparagus - weather permitting!
— Tess, our Italian buyer (07766 654732 /

Tess also recommends: aubergines, broad beans, cauliflowers (purple, yellow), Rainbow chard, chillies, fennel, Tropea onions, Frigatelli peppers, peppers, pomegranates, puntarelle, radicchio (grumulo, rosa, Tardivo etc.), Tokyo turnips, Zucca.


ungis looks like a scene from a Christmas card with all the snow, but as last week the produce inside hints at warmer times to come.

Best news of the week is the start of the wonderful Moscatel grapes from Chile.

Developed in the early 2000’s, Moscatel are a seedless version of the wine grape. Wonderfully sweet and aromatic with a bright colour. Delicious

Passé Crassane pears are really coming into their own, and the price has taken a small but welcome dip too.

A beautiful variety of pear, with is golden colour, beloved of pastry chefs - Pear Tarte Tatin, yum! In case you wondered, the wax tip on the fruit is supposed to prevent from deteriorating quickly.

Whilst we’re on orchard fruits, the Valentines apples are now available for the incurable romantics amongst you.

Tomatoes from Pomme d’Amour in Provence have made their first appearance of the year. A lovely grower who are passionate about producing top quality fruit, the exquisite tomatoes offer a welcome break from tasteless Dutch varieties on offer.
— Andy, our French buyer (07810 504512 /


The cold weather and even some snow is settling in France 🇫🇷 this week! Less volumes on caulis and leeks but prices stable so far. But with the auction it could all change overnight! Romanesco is available but very pricey. 🇪🇸 Spanish cauliflowers, vine tomatoes and loose tomatoes are short. Courgettes (Spanish and Moroccan) prices shall be going down by next week as more volume is expected. Aubergines are still extremely expensive and short this week. There is a gap in production in white kapya and red Palermo at the moment.🇲🇦 Top quality Moroccan chilies are still available - prices are stable.
— Gaelle, ESC Direct (+33 789 866 675 /