English Damson Plums
Photo ©Evie Saffron Strands
English produce is to the fore again this month. In the arch, as I write on the first day of September, we have:
Plump cobs of the sweetest English Sweetcorn. Watercress, Runner Beans and Black Cabbage, direct from the Kent and Sussex farms we work with. The first English Early Maincrop Pink Fir Apple Potatoes and a few early Pumpkin Squash.
New season English Pears, three varieties of Apple and purple streaked Marjorie Seedling Plums from our Kent grower too. Damson Plums and Kent Cobnuts again too. English Heritage Carrots, creamy white Cauliflowers, Bobbi Beans, Beetroot, several varieties of English Tomatoes, organic Courgettes and Squash and several types of firm, weighty Aubergines. Beautiful quality English Leeks are here also.
Mushrooms are becoming more available and, this week, we have Scottish Chanterelles and Girolles as well as Ceps.
Happily, once again, we have those wonderful Sorrento Vesuvio Tomatoes.
The new season Onions are welcome arrivals. This week there are Strings of Cipolla Rosa di Tropea from Calabria and large, flat and sweet Cipolla Bianca di Giarratana from Sicily along with sweet, delicate-skinned French Oignon Doux des Cevennes.
French Black Figs are particularly good and there are high season Muscat Grapes from France and strawberry perfumed Fragola Grapes from Italy. Also from Italy are large, juicy, pink-blushed Nectarines and those sunny orange, highly fragrant Percoca Peaches which are so good for cooking.