Crop update: August
The humid weather in the UK over recent weeks is not ideal for strawberry growing, as quality and general shelf life is affected. Fortunately, Dutch fruit is available to fill any gaps in supply. Other home-grown berries, such as raspberries and gooseberries, are holding up much better as this fruit tends to be more robust.
The six-week UK cherry season is under way and the fruit is eating well, although heavy rain or hot weather can still put an early end to the season. European fruit is also available, alongside good quality peaches, nectarines and apricots.
Brown onions are proving tricky, as UK and Dutch stored product are mostly finished, with the new season still about a month away. Spanish is the best option, but as the skins have not yet set, the onions are fragile and bruise very easily. Meanwhile, red onions from Egypt are faring much better.
Asparagus is very difficult as it is the winter season in Peru, so plant growth is very slow and the UK harvest has already finished.
All domestic and European salads are currently fine.