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ITALIAN CITRUS * PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Italian citrus season just starting: bergamot (pictured), early lemons, oranges, Myagawa green clems. Also lovely leafy clems via Rungis.
WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MILAN MARKET
Our buyer Tess says: “This week saw some late autumn sun and temperatures in the mid 20’s. The seasonal change is in full swing. Fresh Italian chestnuts and big walnuts are about, too. Staples are back in season: Punterella, Castle Franco and Chima di rappe.
Little delicacies are to be found too: the tiny strange looking Azzuruole pears which taste like apple sauce with cinnamon when ripe!! The long zucca Napoli are now in along with colourful gourds and Turban squash - proper autumnal produce! Delicious Italian porcini have finally come through after a shaky start due to unfriendly weather and humidity. Big red Sicilian pomegranates have also started. The summer stone fruit is now tailing off. Looking forward to seeing the popular Tokyo turnips, the delicious chestnut tarts, and not too long before the amazing green Verdelli lemons start.”
Tess also recommends: fig leaves, kaki fruit, wild fennel, prickly pears, rocket, fennel, courgette flowers.
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WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM RUNGIS MARKET
Our buyer Andy says: “French figs are in abundance - fantastic quality fruit from the south, either loose in trays or cell packed trays. Superb new season apples and pears from our old friend Fabien at top growers Vassout. Reine de Reinette apples and Buerre Hardy pears are particularly great. New season wet walnuts and chestnuts, with or without their spiky bits, are in. Quince, another autumn favourite, are now plentiful if that’s your cup of tea. Plenty of fantastic grapes around, Muscat and Chasselas being the pick of the bunch – see what we did there! From further afield, Brazilian air freight mango are back in after a gap in the season. French cepes and girolles are stunning right now, but won’t be around for long.”