Photo ©Evie Saffron Strands
As a result of the weather, now at the beginning of MAY, you will find the following at Puntarelle & Co:
Earthy, saline Jersey Royal Potatoes and versatile Cypress Potatoes.
Vitamin C, iron and calcium-rich Spring Nettle Tops, both English and French (bag with care!).
Some late English Wild Garlic leaves.
Watercress from our preferred English grower, Kingfisher.
UK-grown sweet, juicy Cucumbers and mild, crunchy Spring Onions.
Italian Ridged Cucumbers
From Italy, Romano and Tondo Courgettes.
Wispy Wild Asparagus and Bruscandoli (hop shoots) from Italy.
From our Kent Grower, English green Asparagus, both fat-speared and thin sprue, tasting really delicious this year. Also European purple and white Asparagus varieties.
New Spring season Rainbow Chard from Italy.
Italian Peas and Broad Beans.
Fat, sweet, stems of Wet Garlic from France (don’t forget most of the stalk is useable too.
Outdoor-grown Rhubarb, picked up from our preferred farmer in Kent who also grows our Asparagus.
Strawberries this week are from France and Italy. We expect English ones in a couple of weeks’ time.
There are French Heritage Tomatoes along with large Pineapple Tomatoes, and the salty, crunchy Marinda and Camone Tomatoes that have seen us through winter are still with us.
Spring varieties of Radish.
Cool weather harvests of bitter Radicchio and Chicories like Puntarelle and Cime de Rapa from Italy are still with us and there are Tropea Onions.
Spinach varieties including French.
New season Aubergines from Italy are now coming in more variety of sizes and shapes.
Green and Purple Artichokes, large and small.
St George’s Mushrooms again (one thing that wasn’t late this year) and Morel Mushrooms too.
As always, we have seasonal herbs but we have pots of growing Spring Herbs as well.
It’s a lean time for European fruits but the Nespole from Italy are in.