Summer berries now in season

Summer berries now in season

Alongside the fantastic weather we have a selection of summer berries arriving in the fridges every day from local growers and English growers. Raspberries Considered by many to be among the finest flavoured berries due to it’s intense sweet flavour. The raspberry is believed to have originated in Eastern Asia and first became popular in the 17th century. 18th century cookery writers began developing recipies for the berries such as jams, deserts, vinegar and raspberry wine. Although we love Cornish raspberries, Scotland became famous for the quality of the fruit it was producing during the 1950’s. Raspberries were taken from Scotland to Covent Garden via a steam train known as the Raspberry Special. The raspberry is one of the healthier berries as they contain more vitamin C than oranges, they are high in fibre and contain folic acid. The humble raspberry is also high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium. The world’s most expensive Krispy Kreme doughnut ($1,682) featured a raspberry and passion fruit syrup as well as 24 karat gold leaf and a 500-year-old Courvoisier de L’Esprit Cognac. For those looking for some inspiration here are 10 things to do with raspberries courtesy of BBC Good Food. Blackcurrants Of all the currants, blackcurrants are the most intensely coloured and flavoured. Highly aromatic and with a delicious tart flavour, blackcurrants are at their peak during June and July. Native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia, the blackcurrant is a woody shrub grown for its berries. Widely cultivated both domestically and commercially, the plant prefers damp, fertile soil. As a domesticated crop, blackcurrants have only been...
Beans – Runners & Broad in season

Beans – Runners & Broad in season

Broad Beans Broad beans are Believed to of originated in the Mediterranean and now grown in temperate regions across the globe. They have been an important staple for millennia as shown by archaeological findings at iron and Bronze Age settlements. Types of vetch, broad beans have the Latin name vicia faba, and are related to alfalfa and peas. Being a nitrogen fixing plant, they are perfect for enriching the soil in which they are planted. Cultivated broad beans commonly fall into two classes; Windsor and Longpod. Windsor varieties have four or five beans per pod and considered to have a finer flavour. In comparison, Longpod are more durable to different climates and contain eight beans per pod. Broads can be simply boiled, buttered and served however, they are much more versatile having a particular affinity to pork- based meat dishes including pancetta, bacon and chorizo. Popular in Spain, Habas fritas which is roasted or deep fried broads are a deliciously addictive bar snack. Runner Beans A known food crop for well over 2,000 years, runner beans are native to cool, high-altitude regions of Central America. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the vegetable was brought to the British Isles as a decorative plant by a gardener to King Charles I called John Tradescant before being used as a food staple in Britain. The variety, Phaseolus coccineus has long been the favourite due to its fast growing nature and beautiful flowers however; most of the beans grown in the UK for commercial use are Scarlet runners. Pods are usually green in colour however, there are a few very rare varieties...
Summer 2016 new Plough to Plate products.

Summer 2016 new Plough to Plate products.

  New in time for Summer. Summer is here and it seems the perfect time to introduce some fantastic new products to our Plough to Plate range. Sam’s Cider.   Sam’s Cider is produced in Devon using specially selected, locally sourced apples to produce a top quality cider. Their master cider makers hand craft a refreshing, full bodied cider that has been fermented and matured in their 100 year old oak vats. This summer we are happy to offer their superb range of six distinct ciders: Sam’s Poundhouse Crisp (4.5% vol) is their most popular cider,this medium sparkling cider is clean, crisp and refreshing. 12 x 500ml glass bottles, £17.85 per case. Sam’s Poundhouse Medium (6% vol) a refreshing, clean, refined, slightly sparkling cider. 12 x 500ml glass bottles, £17.85 per case. Sam’s Poundhouse Dry (6% vol) is a smooth dry slightly sparkling cider. 12 x 500ml glass bottles, £17.85 per case. Sam’s Cider with Blackcurrant (4% vol) made from a combination of Sam’s finest cider and blackcurrants, this cider perfectly balances sweetness and acidity leaving a fresh and sharply cleansing after taste. 12 x 500ml glass bottles, £21.00 per case. Sam’s Autumn Scrumpy (7.4%) a slightly sparkling premium quality Autumn Scrumpy that has a wine like character. It releases a wonderful apple aroma and is light in colour.  12 x 500ml glass bottles, £21.00 per case. Sam’s 1916 Centenary Cider (7% vol) a limited edition cider made to celebrate their 100 year anniversary. To mark this momentous occasion they have produced just 1916 bottles of this carefully blended premium cider. 12 x 500ml glass bottles, £21.00.   Eat the Smoke. A BBQ  is one undoubtedly...
Digital Highlights from the first half of 2016.

Digital Highlights from the first half of 2016.

We have now reached the halfway point in the year and have decided to take a look at some of the digital highlights of the year so far. Digital Chefs. 2016 has seen a rise in the number of chefs featuring our produce in their tweets. We have seen some stunning dishes prepared & shared across our digital network. As can be seen from the picture we have supplied a wide range of chefs throughout the South West with an assortment of superb fresh produce. It is always rewarding to see how the produce we supply gets used and several chefs have shared some stunning finished dishes. As always our doors are always open and we’ve  taken many chefs round the depot and to Canara Farm to see our speciality Cornish produce being grown. Trade Shows. As we do each year we start with several trade shows. We always put a great deal of energy and thought into our trade show displays and we have had some extremely positive feedback. With such an eye catching display we work very hard each year to improve it. At this year’s Expo West we teamed up with Ol’ Factory Coffee and Exploding Bakery and offered visitors to our display the chance to sample some freshly brewed coffee and a selection of delicious cakes & slices. Although we didn’t attend Royal Cornwall this year some of our display stand did, as our friends over at Trevaskis Farm asked to use it for their stand. New Products. We like to use our social media accounts to keep our network of followers informed about the fantastic...