Stevie B - The Price is RightBy Stevie B
May 05, 2010
Bank holidays: one more to go, then a nice break until August. I’m Scrooge: when do we get back to normal?
New potatoes are eating well nice, enjoy Jersey if you can afford them, if not Moroccan, Cyprus Italian are in most people’s budget.
English carrots, parsnips and swede are nearing the end of their season.
Look out for fennel, new crop courgettes, aubergines, wet and dry garlic, kholrabi, rapini, butternut, sweet potatoes, chillies, ginger, lemon grass, shallots.
Now some old/new crops: old English onions and expensive new Chilean. Old English beetroot and new crop Italian and Spanish.
And on: Italian peas and broad beans, horseradish, salsify, leeks just, baby corn and the many baby veggies, asparagus and Thai grass.
Now is the time to enjoy English grass, weather willing: May is it’s month. Life does not get better – yes it does with more butter.
Spring greens and hispi greens are my faves at the moment with cauliflower just a touch behind. Also enjoy spring spinach, boc choy, chard, just a little curly kale and purple sprouting.
On to mushrooms: button, flat, portabella, smeji, oyster, chestnut, a few St George, giroles, mouseron, pied blue and mouton.
This week, steer clear of broccoli, mangetout and sugar snaps. Be careful of buying Chilean onions.
On to fruits: Southern hemisphere apples are now in full control. They’re more expensive than European, but much better quality.
Pears are again southern hemisphere. The only European pear is conference.
Stone fruits: yes, apricots, are about but they’re bullet hard and have no flavour.
Plums are near the end and peaches and nectarines are not just there yet, not long to go now, the end of Mmay is when we see the light.
Melons: galia, cantaloupe, honey and water.
Berries: A few British straws are here, but from other countries look out for rasps, blacks, blues and still expensive redcurrants.
Citrus: Spain is nearing the end of their oranges and lemons. Look out for satsumas, kumquats, limes and the blood oranges.
Cooking: rhubarb, the last of the Bramleys and a few quinces.
Others: don’t forget to get your avos in early to ripen.
Salads include tomatoes, cucumbers, radish, spring onions, iceberg, cos, little gem, Chinese leaves, pis-en-lit, rocket, ruby, bulls blood, mizuna, pea shoots, samphire, radish, travis, packet baby salads and textured leaves, lambs lettuce, shoots and cresses, micro salads, curly endive, blonde, salad potatoes, celery and peppers.
And don’t forget the herbs, and the sun.
Luv Stevie B