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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Fantastic range: borlotti, flat, yellow bobby, pelandroni and more …
WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MILAN MARKET
Our buyer Tess says: “This week we’ve said goodbye to some winter produce, with Chima di rappe, pink radicchio, rose Trevisse, Tardivo and even stripey aubergines now tailing off. In the market, there’s now the sweet smell of summer fruit. Watermelons are more abundant and getting bigger with long watermelons due soon. More smooth-skinned melons are in with Honeymoon and Zerbinatti due to start soon.
For tomatoes, we have the first Costaluto Liguria and the full colour range of red, yellow and orange Datterinos available. Lovely little stripey Zebrino tomatoes have started but in small quantities. Vignola mark cherries are now about and are big and delicious, and more ruby apricots are in. Looking forward to seeing, the first figs, Torpedino tomatoes, and the stunning MA Pri mark stone fruit.”
Tess also recommends: peas, Abate pears, basil, courgettes (Trombetta, white, round, Romanesco), courgette flowers, fennel.
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WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM RUNGIS MARKET
Our buyer Andy says: “It's all about stone fruit. The first French apricots and peaches are here. Cherries continue to improve in both quality and price, both Rainier and red. Spanish peaches and nectarines also available, including the ever popular flat (or doughnut) peach.
Charentais melons are absolutely bang on, superb French stock or Spanish - slightly easier on the pocket. The first European figs started this week from Spain, and actually have some flavour unlike their Brazilian air freighted cousins.
Couple of interesting bits on apples and pears: our pal Serge at Mouneyrac introduced me to a new apple called a Golden, but I noticed the French labels referred to them as 'La Rosee du Pilat'. They are a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Pink Lady. Also spotted were some spectacular Taylors Gold pears.
French peas have now started for those of you asking, and also on the veg theme the first French courgette flowers were spotted on the market.
And for something slightly different how about some gorgeous strawberry and plum (as in the fruit) tomatoes from top growers Jardin du Rabelais.....?”