Fresh Produce, Insight, Seasonality

Chef’s Guide to Oca Tubers

Oca tubers are the potato-like tuberous vegetables of the oca plant (oxalis tuberosa). They’re a small vegetable that comes in a variety of colours: red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and even ‘apricot’. They have a chubby finger-like shape with a very recognisable bobbly skin. These tubers are known throughout the world by a variety of […]

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Chef’s Guide to Calcots

What are calçots? Calcots (or calçots to give them their true Catalonian spelling) are a type of scallion in the onion family. As a result, in the UK they’re commonly known as calcot onions. They’re a close relative of the spring onion (said to be a cross between the spring onion and the leek) and […]

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What is Fenland Celery?

Fenland celery is a white winter celery that has become the gold standard of all celery varieties. Grown right here in the UK within the Fens — a coastal plain in eastern England — it’s a crop with a strong heritage that dates back to Victorian times. During that time, it was cultivated in the […]

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What is a Sudachi Lime?

The sudachi (commonly referred to in the UK as the sudachi lime) is a citrus fruit that originates from Japan. It’s a natural genetic mutation the yuzu. It was first cultivated in the Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island and is still cultivated there today. Cultivation has spread further afield since, with a notable level of […]

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A Chef’s List of Unusual Citrus Fruits

Autumn through to the end of winter is when our warehouse welcomes a wide selection of one type of fresh produce: the citrus fruits. Our list includes your everyday lemons and limes but it’s the quirkier varieties that get us excited. Sourced from all over the world — from the USA through to Japan — […]

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When is Jersey Royals Season?

The humble potato has been a staple vegetable around the world for many years. In fact, its origins can be traced back to southern Peru between 8000 and 5000 BC! After the Spanish took over they brought the crop back to Europe, and from there it spread worldwide — including onto the shores of a […]

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When is White and Black Truffle Season?

White and black truffles are amongst the most coveted ingredients in the culinary world. This wild food exudes a powerful flavour that can’t be matched by any other natural product. They’re also highly seasonal and can’t be acquired all year round. Just like British asparagus, their quality, rarity and unique flavour puts them in high […]

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When is British Asparagus Season?

British asparagus season is a national event in the world of foodservice. For a short period of time each year, chefs around the UK can source arguably the best asparagus spears available from right here on British soil. The buzz it creates is astounding, but it’s well and truly deserved. The quality is sublime and […]

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