Market Report - September


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ESC are proud to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious AA grade by the BRC - the global standard for the storage, wholesale and distribution of ambient, chilled and frozen fruit and vegetables and pre-packed dairy products.

Fresh from Rungis:

Our buyer Nick says: "As English salads become scarce, French are still good quality and reasonably priced. Rungis has plenty of autumn produce: wild mushrooms, wet walnuts and all the autumn / winter roots are available like chervil root, red and green meat radish, parsley root, golden and candy beetroot and Jerusalem artichokes."

"There are lovely plums and Mirabels available and I am still finding good-looking Gariguettes, although they no longer have the taste of full season. This is the time to get figs on the menu, with plently of French available of good quality and price."

Fresh from Milan:

Our buyer Tess says:  "The heat continues with only the occasional brief respite of a storm. August was holiday season. But despite the heat, the peaches, nectarines, plums, and grapes are still going well, as are chillies, pumpkins and watermelons.  We have finally said goodbye to Marinda tomatoes and Camone tomatoes, with only patchy Tiger Camone on the vine sometimes about in small quantities. The beautiful Costaluto Liguria, is gone too."

"The borlotti beans have changed to a more northerly producer now. We have had an amazing range from the aubergine family making an appearence! The courgette and cucumber family are still battling it out for the best in weird title; every week trying  to out do each other! There are tiny signs of the new season starting: the first Italian walnuts and fresh spikey chestnuts have appeared, the Porcini have had a good run for the last few weeks and have been stunning and 'lodger free'  (new Porcini and Cognac recipe from Mama is on instagram!) and Aminita Caesrea oluve have also made an appearence in small quantities; the tiny baby pears Faccibedda are in now and also the beautiful ornamental gourds. We are now looking ahead to pomegranates (they are nearly ready on the trees) and the citrus season starting properly with oranges, the green myagawa orange, ornamental corn on the cob, and green produce starting it's return. So much to look forward to as the heat starts to tail off!"

ESC Direct

Our buyer Gaelle is available on +33 789 866 675. She says: "Time to get your school bag ready!  There are the first signs of autumn showing in the trade with the first gourds starting from the south of France. All varieties of french apples are now on full season (only the Braeburn will start a bit later). Muscade are available and quite cheap currently.
From Brittany, baby artichokes, Globe artichokes, colored cauliflowers, Romanesco and Savoy are all going strong. All roots veggies are now new crops. J√©rusalem chokes have started this week in small volumes and chervil is now available too. Courgettes are currently short and almost end of season. Price is low for banana shallots and shallots as volume has Increased. From Spain, nectarines and peaches are still going and cheap. Spanish figs are also going to be available till the end of the month. Spanish chilies are extremely short and have been all this summer, as well as the long red pepper ( Palermo).
The first sweet potatoes are now available. We are expecting the first Spanish courgettes for the first week of September to be available, taking over from the French season."

Special Orders:

We also import a wide range of quality dried, tinned and dairy goods including cheeseyoghurtoilsolivesspicesBoiron fruit purees and more. See here for extra info. Here's some of our fantastic Piquillo peppers - a fantastic smokey flavour and available by the tin.