Fresh Produce, Seasonality

Kalettes: A Chef’s Guide

It’s the time of year when dozens of British brassicas are just coming into their best. And whilst you may know much about the run of the mill varieties — think red and white cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli — there are also many more specialist varieties that deserve a bit more of the limelight. One […]

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Fresh Produce, Seasonality

Crapaudine Beetroot: A Chef’s Guide

What is a crapaudine beetroot? The crapaudine beetroot is a heritage vegetable and one of the oldest varieties of beetroot. So old, in fact, that it dates back well over 1,000 years. Back then it was only found it France — where it originated — but it soon spread to kitchens around Europe. Despite its […]

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Eggs & Dairy, Seasonality, Wild Foods

Gull’s Eggs: A Chef’s Guide

Gull’s eggs are an age-old delicacy that — for 3-4 weeks each year — become one of the most sought-after British eggs by chefs around the UK. Their stunning appearance and mouth-watering flavour, coupled with their fleetingly brief season make gull’s eggs one of the most expensive ingredients a chef can buy; sometimes fetching as […]

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Eggs & Dairy, Seasonality

British Eggs: A Chef’s Guide

It’s well-known that the UK is home to a wide selection of fantastic fruit and veg. But it’s also home to a variety of British eggs too. From tiny quail eggs to huge ostrich eggs, we’ve explored the variety of English eggs on offer. Check out our chef’s guide — in size order — below. […]

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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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Fresh Produce, Insight, Seasonality

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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Fresh Produce, Insight, Seasonality

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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Fresh Produce, Insight, Seasonality

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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Fresh Produce, Insight, Seasonality

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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