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Fresh from Rungis
Our buyer Nick says: "Monalisa's short season are finishing now. Potimarron, the reddish orange squash, are coming through already. The lovely French figs will be starting soon and there are Mariguette strawberries in the market replacing the Gariguettes. Mirabelles are just starting now as well as fresh hazelnuts and cherries are still available."
Other lines include: celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, Coco de Paimpol beans, Petit Violet artichokes.
Fresh from Milan
Our buyer Tess says: "Milan is now in the full heat of summer with temperatures heading into high 30’s. The holiday season has started so the market has quietened down. Watermelons, pumpkins and squashes are coming through now with the bright turban squash starting last week, and of course the heat brings on the many weird and wonderful varieties of the cucumber and courgette family, with the popular round caroselli cucumber plentiful as is the trombetta courgette - just pick your size! Lots of soft fruit about at the moment with different varieties coming through the drago sanguine plums or dragon plums are about now. Italian grapes are coming on and getting very sweet! Looking forward to the strawberry grapes starting and prickly pears and fresh chestnuts, and porcini. We have seen the last of the catalogna, cicoria, Castle franco, riviera costaluto, and the camone tomatoes are starting to tail off."
Other lines include: frigetilli peppers, aubergines, purple basil, green figs, aubergines, courgette and flowers.
Our buyer Gaelle is available on +33 789 866 675. She says: "From Morocco, red chilies are out of season until end of September at least; a few Spanish are available but most are Dutch. Green chilies are still available. Kapya is end of season until September. Spanish figs shall be available in more volumes in the next two weeks. Quality has been an issue with the heat so far. Limonera pears are about to start also until the end of September. From south of France, the Muscade squashes have started, quality is good and the price is dropping already. Courgettes are still available although less volumes with the heat. Most cauli comes from north of France at the moment as Brittany's weather has been dry and hot and most items have been short. More volumes in globe artichokes lately. Romanesco is back on the market, still a few colored cauli but short and expensive. New season on most root veg is just starting: colored carrots, beetroots, golden turnips, black radish. And new crops banana shallots have started. The first Egyptian sweet pots have arrived by container."
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