English Corn on the Cob Photo ©Evie Saffron Strands
This summer is racing by and many fruits and vegetables are starting early. Very hot temperatures on the European Continent and unseasonably cool, wet weather in the UK is undoubtedly affecting crops. So, what new season produce can we hope for during August?
English Aubergines should continue along with Corn on the Cob, English Runner Beans, Green Beans and Bobbi Beans along with varieties Courgettes.
Watercress direct from our Sussex grower and bunches of fresh English Herbs.
We should see more varieties of English Plum including the dusky, bitter Damson Plum much prized by our jam-making customers.
English ‘Autumn’ Raspberries and Blackberries should be available throughout the month, and look out for Kent Cobnuts later in the month.
The English Pear season is now underway and Apples, including ‘Discovery’ traditionally the first apple to be harvested and ‘George Cave’ are here with more varieties to look forward too soon. We may see some English Apricots this month, though the lack of sun and warmth is an issue. A small amount of English Cherries may still be around in August, the latest variety we have had being the very dark fleshed ‘Sweetheart’.
Fragola Grapes (Strawberry Grapes) from Italy should be joined by Muscat Grapes from France.
Watermelons from Greece should continue.
From Italy, Flat and Round Peaches and Nectarines if the hot weather on the Continent hasn’t been too destructive. Tomatoes, including we hope the Sorrento grown in the rich volcanic soil surrounding Mount Vesuvius. We hope too that the highly fragrant roots-on Ligurian Basil will continue.
From France, luscious Black Figs as well as the Blood varieties of stone fruits Peche de Vigne and Nectavigne , highly perfumed Charentais Melons and a couple more weeks of sweet, fragrant, Mirabelles. Reine Claude Plums should continue a little longer and English Greengages are likely to join them.
A greater variety of new season Potatoes will be arriving as the Earlies come to an end and Maincrop varieties are harvested.
The hoped for Organic English Fennel from our grower has been attacked by pests this year but we will have bulbs from other sources throughout the month.