The price is right - mobile greengrocerBy Stevie B
February 19, 2009
If you fancy a career change don’t try the veg game, unless you’re insane.
There is no rhyme or reason to this difficult trade, the game is quiet and they try to put up the prices but we won’t let them will we?
OK here we go, veggies first. This milder weather will help the purple sprouting trade and caulis like mild nights. While we’re talking about our iron intake there’s brocc, bok and pak choy, Swiss chard, baby and large leaf spinach, turnip tops and sprouts.
Then we have carrots, English and European onions, round and banana shallots, roscoff, red and white onions, grelots, parsnips, swede, turnips, leeks, celeriac, garlic, lemon grass, salsify, ginger.
Try also red and green chillis, fennel, patty pans, expensive yellow courgettes, asparagus, jeru and globe chokes, mangetout, sugar snaps, baby corn, French, bobby and runner beans, butternut, pumpkins, mooli, red, candy and golden beetroots, all the many baby veggies, romero peppers, Jap chokes, horseradish.
Then there’s mushrooms: button, flats, portabella, shiitake, enoki, smeji, chestnut, oyster, mixed wild and outdoor, wild, chanterelle, giroles, pied de mouton and blue, trumpet, which are a lot of money
Next we have tatties. They’re always great for an economical appetite filler – your variety, your choice, your colour, texture and size are all here, no probs.
Fruits, we have apples and, I feel expensive, pears. Then we have oranges, clems, grapefruits, lemons, limes, kumquats and don’t forget blood oranges with their very short season.
Next there’s plums, mangoes, pines, nanas, papaya, lychees, kiwi, fresh figs, physalis, starfruit, dates, passion, dragon fruits, prunes, flame and white seedless grapes, pommies, starfruit, straws, rasps, blacks, blues, redcurrants, galia, cantloupe, honeydew and watermelons.
For cooking and poaching we have Bramleys, rhubarb, quinces, peaches and nectarines.
Salads are forever popular, any time of year. No real headaches with tomatoes, every shape, size and colour, they are here.
Take your pick from cos, little gem, iceberg, Chinese, round, ruby, mustard leaf, mizuna, rocket, pousse, bull’s blood, red and white, chicory, rosso, oak, curly, blonde, shoots and cresses, travis, radicchio, cooked beetroots, watercress, samphire, pepper, spring onions, radish, celery and don’t forget the herbs.
I’m off on my hols and no, I haven’t lost three stone in a week.