Market Report - August

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If you're new to European Salad Company, we're a wholesaler based in New Covent Garden Market in London. We're known for supplying top quality French and Italian fresh produce - direct from Rungis in Paris and Milano market. Here's what's hot to trot this August.

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Fresh from Rungis

Hot off the press is this update from our buyer Nicholas in Rungis: "Muscade de Provence squashes have just started - spectacular flavour. Mirabelle plums, too. I'm even seeing the first wild mushrooms such as Trompette and Cep." 

As ever, we have a massive range of our core lines of Continental salads. (This month we've topped up with some British lines, too, such as excellent frisee and chard from our friends D & J Hayward in Wiltshire). For August, blood peaches and melons are the pick of the French fruits. Other specialties include samphire, watercressnettle tops, cobnuts, black radish, Jerusalem artichokes, celeriac, dandelion, shallots and Romanesco cauliflower. As ever, we offer the full range of baby veg including caulis, fennel, beets, carrots, endive and turnips. 

Fresh from Milan

No-one grows better tomatoes than the Italians. Right now, our range includes San Marzano, cherry, and Costoluto - a ridged heritage variety excellent in slow-cooked sauces. Two types of aubergine, too: small, baby aubergines and the larger rose type. Zucchini bianchi (white courgettes) join round courgettes and snake gourd squashes (a.k.a. zucchini trompetta). Sweet Tropea onions from Calabria are hard to beat. Salads include round radicchio

Special Orders

It's not just fresh produce here at ESC. We also serve up a wide range of tinned, dry and dairy goods. These include sundried tomatoes, olives, eggs, yoghurts, cheeses, vinegars, pulses, eggs (duck and quail), and spices. Find out more here. This month we're focussing on one of our more unusual lines - green peppercorns

Green Peppercorns

Green peppercorns are the immature fruits of the pepper plant - a climbing vine called piper negrum. This is a tropical plant often grown in combination with trees such as the mango, which provides it support. Green peppercorns have a milder, more subtle flavour that the familiar dried black peppercorns. Ours are packed in brine in 750g tins - top quality and imported from Madagascar. In the kitchen, they are an excellent addition to sauces, for example for steak, pork, shrimps or seared salmon.