Stevie B - Mobile GreengrocerBy Stevie B
June 10, 2010
This sums Britain up. What is our right hand for? One day it’s pulling down the sun visors – heaven. Then, the next day, it’s switching on the windscreen wipers – pain.
Let’s see what my crystal ball has in store for us this week.
June is a famous month for Jerseys straws and grass and this is no exception.
First up are Jerseys. They are now in everyone’s budget; there’s also English and Cyprus. The old crop is hanging on by their fingernails.
More new products: carrots are mostly from France, but we’ve got lovely English bunched.
More English now: peas and broad beans and bunched beetroots. Back to European: green and yellow courgettes, fennel, leeks, aubergines, globe chokes, wild and white asparagus, turnips, wax and borlotti beans, kholrabi, red and white onions. There are some new onions from the Southern hemisphere, go carefully with them.
Old crop while it lasts: parsnips which are getting woody, celeriac, Jeru chokes, mooli, horse radish, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, shallots, sweet potatoes and butternut squash.
For our greens: brocc, cauli, hispi, spring greens, primo, savoy, swiss chard, bok choy, baby and large leaf spinach, expensive tender stems and poss calvo nero.
On to the mushrooms: button, flat, chestnut, shiitake, oyster, smeji, enoki, girolles, pied blue and very expensive morrells.
Fruits now. Apples first: Southern hemisphere rules for golden, grannies, royal gala and expensive pink lady.
Pears are mostly South African. Look out for forrel, packhams and a very few conference.
Citrus next. There’s a big warning on oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits: dock strikes are causing a headache. Satsumas and kumquats are okay.
Stone fruits have to be given as marks out of 10: peaches seven, nectarines five, plums four, cherries seven. Marks out 10 for taste: myself? One.
Melons: galias, honeydew, pied de sapo and water. Expensive, but worth it, are true charantais and Italian rock.
For cooking, look out for bramleys and loadsa rhubarb.
Being June, it’s the best month of the year for strawberries, weather willing. There are other berries around: rasps, blacks, blues and expensive redcurrants and gooseberries. Get in early to ripen.
Fruits include bananas, seedless grapes, kiwi, passion, papayas, pommies, star, dragon fruits, lychees, fresh figs, dates, prunes, physalis and mangos.
Salads: now’s the time to enjoy them. Tomatoes of every shape, size and colour are here. Loads of leaves and shoots too. Please note, garlic leaves have ended till next year.
I know the song goes “Thirty years of hope”, for me it’s 54½ years, Come on England, while I’m still young enough to party.
Luv Stevie B