March 2024 Seasonal Fruit & Veg Report

The seasons are shifting with spring produce now flowing in.

Peas and broad beans are from the Continent right now but British is to come.

The first English asparagus is available but the season will start in earnest in April. White and wild asparagus from France and Italy also available.

English forced rhubarb is still here but will be edged out by the outdoor crop as the weather warms up.

Blood oranges are still plentiful - mainly Tarocco variety. Other citrus includes Nardicotts, the late season easy peeler, clementines, mandarins and pomelos.

UK apples and pears are still available out of store. Other pear varieties include Williams from Italy and French Passe Crassane.

Gariguette and Frais de Bois strawberries are available from France and Spain.

On the veg front, there is a wide choice of artichoke varieties - Petit Violet, Calico, spikey etc.

Brassicas are still in fine form - Savoy cabbages are especially good in March.

This month you will also start to see the first of the greenhouse-grown tomatoes. Below are some winter varieties, which are more savoury in flavour with a crunchy texture.

From the sunny south of Europe, courgettes include round and Tromboncino.

Other vegetables in season include beetroot, celeriac, wet garlic, agretti, puntarelle, cime di rapa and the radicchios.

See you in April for the next report and a full celebration of English asparagus.