This week’s potato is ‘Sante’, a popular variety with organic growers because of its disease resistance, but we find it a consistently good in terms of flavour and texture. It has a slightly ‘floury’ flesh, best roasted, baked or mashed. At this time of year the potatoes have developed a decent skin and are suitable for storing; sacks (25kg) and half sacks are £15 and £8 respectively, and at the moment we are stocking Sante, Desiree and Nicola, but other varieties should follow soon. There’s a very autumnal feel to the boxes this week. The cauliflowers, carrots and leeks are Yorkshire grown, and the corn and ‘acorn’ squash are from Herefordshire. The acorn is a proper ‘winter’ squash so should keep for a month or two. The flavour is quite mild, but richer, sweeter varieties will follow. In the fruit boxes the English apples are a mixture of ‘Meridian’ and ‘Red Pippin’ and the pears are English ‘Concorde’. Avocados ripen in the autumn and winter, and these are the first of the Spanish; a variety called ‘Bacon’.
Cauliflower and Coriander Soup ... This is based on a recipe in Sam and Sam Clark’s ‘Casa Moro’. In Turkey, yoghurt is often used in soups giving them a fresh, tangy quality but also making them quite rich and filling ...
GROWING FOOD... ‘A GUIDE TO EDIBLE-CULTURE, ORGANICS, BIODYNAMICS AND PERMACULTURE’ A ten week course by local expert and Beanies customer Richard Clare, starting 5th October, 7-9pm at the Central United Reform, Chapel Walk, S1 2JB. Tel 2686727 or 0771832759