Pumpkins and Squash
Photo ©Evie Saffron Strands
It’s approaching mid-Autumn, so, what produce can we expect to see during the rest of October?
Mainly British grown Turnips, Swede, Beetroot, Heritage Carrots, Parsley Root, Celery, and Parsnips. The Jerusalem Artichokes and Salsify too may move to home grown. English Leeks and crunchy Kohlrabi throughout the month. We may see the mild turnip variety Tokyo Turnips.
Greens like Romanesco, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Black Cabbage (Cavolo Nero), Kale, Rainbow Chard, Brussel Sprouts and Brussel Tops should be plentiful and Savoy Cabbage may join them.
From Italy, the cold weather bitter greens Puntarelle (Catalogna), Chicoria (Catalogna Naturala), and Cime di Rapa (Rapini).
A greater range of Chicories should arrive. Curly Endive, broad-leaved Escarole, cream/yellow and red speckled Castelfranco, delicate pink and vibrant red Radicchio to add an extra touch of bitterness to our autumn/winter diets.
Autumn Squash will continue and, as this is the month for harvesting long-keeping Pumpkins, we will see more varieties joining the Delica Pumpkins and Ironbark Pumpkins coming in from Italy.
Watercress from our Sussex Farmer will continue as will the English Wet Walnuts. We should see Fresh Chestnuts arriving.
Potatoes are becoming more varied now, though we will have waxy-fleshed favourites Pink Fir Apple and La Ratte as much as possible.
We will have Rose Lautrec Garlic for a while longer and new season Smoked Garlic from France.
From Scotland Chanterelle Mushrooms and Girolle Mushrooms. Although we have both French and Italian Ceps/Porcini this week, we expect to French Ceps to take over mid-month.
Fenland Celery should appear late in the month.
French Muscat Grapes and Chasselas Grapes will continue into October.
The weekly-changing selection of English Apples and Pears from our Kent farmer will continue through October.
Citrus varieties Miyagawa (Satsuma/Mandarin cross) and Bergamots will be joined by other early varieties like Mandarins.
We will have Quince throughout October and those coming in from France may make way for English grown fruits.
We are buying Sicilian ‘White’ Pomegranates right now but the deep red varieties will take over later.
We will have Persimmons from Italy mid-month and the harder Kaki fruits should arrive from Spain soon.
We expect to have Salsola, also known a Saltwort or Land Seaweed. We discovered this succulent plant, which is of the same family as Agretti but a little finer, last year. It’s a salt tolerant plant which is considered one of Japan’s oldest vegetables where it’s known as Okahajiki. Salty and succulent, it is delicious raw or quickly blanched.