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Fresh from Rungis
Our buyer Nick says: "All salads and spinach are from growers around the forest of Fontainebleau. They have amazing shelf life and larger heads - sure to impress. Spanish frisée from Cuadraspania is consistently top quality, though hot weather made the price creep up in May. Lovely mixed baby leaf salad (Mesclum) in 1kg boxes.
Watercress flowers for 2-3 weeks in June before getting back to normal in July. Great French broad beans and green beans on offer, as well as white and green asparagus aplenty. Good quality blette (or Swiss chard) is from our trusted family supplier Tremblay, who also deliver us pink and mixed-coloured breakfast radishes and spring onions. Root veg is now coming to an end. There are still some Ratte potatoes (now from Israel) and French Jerusalem artichokes, but parsley root has finished. Banana shallots are finishing and yellow Grelot onions have finished, but white silverskin will start soon. The wild leaves of garlic are slowing down, but still lots of large, fresh garlic available. We have heritage tomatoes from Prince de Bretagne and yellow, green, cœur de bœuf and other varieties from Provence and now also many from our grower near Fontainebleau."
"French apricots started at the end of May. We have lovely Spanish apricots from Chateau Perouse who have varieties available until September. We have pretty yellow-tinged Rainier cherries, Burlatte cherries from France and red fruit from the Vendée in western France. French Charentais melons have started and will be available until autumn. We have Spanish white, yellow and flat peaches and French will start soon. Spanish figs have appeared and French will follow later. Peruvian airfreight mangoes have finished, so they're now from Mexico or Ivory Coast. Grapefruit is from Southern hemisphere countries such as South Africa. Some European apples and pears have now finished. Available apples: Golden Rosé, golden delicious, Fuji, Jazz, Granny Smith and Pink Lady and NZ Royal Gala, Braeburn and Ambrosia. Available pears: Abate, Angelys, Comice, Conference, red & green Williams & red Bartlett."
Other lines include: Gariguette strawberries, currants and raspberries (Panach marque), fresh almonds.
Fresh from Milan
Our buyer Tess says: "It's very humid in Milan - hot but with bursts of rain. There are fantastic colours and smells as the fruit is coming through now. We have cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and smooth-skinned melons. Tomatoes include Costoluto, Camone and baby San Marzano. Lovely courgettes, including their flowers.There are all manner of beans including Borlotti, white, Piatoni and Zebra. The mad cucumber season has started - they get more insane as the heat rises. Basil, wrapped with roots, has just started. Agretti has moved from South to North. Tropea onions are getting bigger in size. Tardivo and rose radicchio are over. Wild hops have finished. Tema artichokes are coming to an end."
Other lines include: aubergines, puntarelle, courgettes, fennel, Castelfranco.
Our buyer Gaelle is available on +33 789 866 675. She says: "FRANCE: We are now marketing under our own ESC brand some products from Brittany such as cauliflowers, globe chokes, Roma etc ... those will be of excellent quality otherwise we wouldn't put our name on it!"
"New season leeks and new crop turnips have started. From Brittany, we're waiting for summer season cauli to start this month. Romanesco is coming back on the scene. Coloured cauliflowers by the end of the month, if the weather improves. On the root veg side: new season black radish by the end of June, coloured beetroots shall not suffer a gap this year, while colored carrots are Dutch until new season starts in August. French broccoli has just started. Artichokes are now available at auction. Volumes of baby chokes will be increasing within a couple of weeks as they are extremely short currently. Banana shallots are still available and price stable. Courgettes from Provence are now available in volumes and price is accessible. Charentais melons will be available in two weeks SPAIN: red chilies are coming to an end by the end of the month; there will be Moroccan over the summer. Long red peppers have been very limited for over a month. MOROCCO: Cantaloupe quality is good and affordable after a big gap in May; seedless watermelon are also available as well as Galia."
We also import a wide range of quality dried, tinned and dairy goods including cheese, yoghurt, oils, olives, spices, Boiron fruit purees and more. See here for extra info. These Griottine cherries are a class act - Morellos pickled in alcohol and ideal for cocktails and desserts.
EUROPEAN SALAD COMPANY, UNIT C61-64, NEW COVENT GARDEN MARKET, LONDON, SW8 5JJ TEL: 020 7720 7758 ORDERS@EUROSALAD.CO.UK