Market Report 4.1.19

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Lower temperatures right across Italy have helped a few things. Radicchio is a highlight this week - the image above shows the rare green Grumolo. Castelfranco or radicchio variegata is now beautifully speckled with dark red. Tardivo is top quality. Looking forward, we are hoping to see the first of the red rose Trevisse. Click on the image above for full info about our range of radicchios.”
— Tess, our Italian buyer (07766 654732 /


“A quiet start to the New Year as traders wait for the city to come back from the festive break. Spanish Fraises des Bois have started if you want something special. Also plenty of nice tropical fruit to offer a bit of sunshine. Especially good and a little easier on the wallet than recently are Kent mangoes from Peru and the wonderful ‘standing’ pineapples from Frunet.

Top growers Philibon are sending in excellent Charentais melon and fantastic lychees on the branch - much better than the shoe box ones we’re used to.

Mushrooms continue to be tricky. Decent Girolles have long gone. Best bet are Yellow Chanterelles or Trompettes if you want wild. Black Perigord truffles are also looking in fine fettle!

French outdoor endive (chicory to you and me) is at its peak. A versatile salad that can be cooked and better flavour than mass produced Dutch varieties.

More products will start to flow in next week. Right now, some products may be short so please check availability before committing to any unusual items.”
— Andy, our French buyer (07810 504512 /

Andy also recommends: chestnuts, Romanesco, leafy clementines, wild mushrooms, sand carrots, smoked garlic, quince, pissenlit.


“Moro blood oranges have now started with proper dark red colour inside. We are also seeing the first Marsala strawberries in the market, with the Candonga coming later in the season; artichokes are in abundance with big round Roma coming in their bouquets, and spikey artichokes making a slow recovery after being hit by bad weather at the beginning of the season. Monk’s beard or agretti is in wrapped bundles now instead of the first loose in box. Kaki fruit is starting to tail off a bit now. Towards the end of the month we may have broad beans.”
— Tess, our Italian buyer (07766 654732 /

Tess also recommends: Zucca squash, bergamots, cedro, chillies, peas, aubergines, cime di rapa, punterella, cicoria, peppers, courgette flowers, fennel.


“The price of banana shallots is up. In Brittany, due to cold weather the cauliflower price is rising strongly this week on both size x 6 & x8. Leeks are quite short and expensive currently. Chilies from Morocco are in full season and quality is beautiful. “
— Gaelle, ESC Direct (+33 789 866 675 /


That predictions for food trends in 2019 include more interest in pulses, heritage grains and ‘ugly’ root veg such as salsify, turnips and parsley root. Veganism will continue to rise in popularity.