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Veg News Dec 30th 2014

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Another week of tricky logistics ahead with a combination of farmers on holiday and transport companies not working… The good news is that our offer should be at full strength through Tuesday and NYE. From Friday and through the weekend however, expect a few gaps in the range.

Having said that, Friday is the only day where UK stuff will be difficult.. every other day should see a great range of hardy winter brassicas. The cavolo nero from Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire continues to thrive. Sometimes known as black Tuscan kale, its bitter flavour with a sweet aftertaste sits well in many Italian recipes. Also, we have the usual great selection of winter roots. Recent arrivals of washed carrots from Jimmy Doig near Dundee have tasted particularly sweet. Working with them on the shop floor, the smell as you open a net is amazing; we really feel they are something pretty special.

From Europe, the blood orange season is up and running. The Moro variety is the first to arrive, and we have been impressed thus far. The colour is not yet fully developed, but they taste great – albeit somewhat sharper than the Tarocco variety that will follow.

Spanish red peppers continue to offer good value. UK pear stocks are dwindling… we still have some Comice from Kent (juicy and perfumed – great poached), but for Conference we will be going Dutch! Finally, fresh horseradish from Holland is back. Quite a short season, so make the most of it for all your sauce and wasabi substitute needs!

Last Modified - 8th January 2015

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