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STAR INGREDIENTS IN SEPTEMBER





VICTORIA PLUM

August - September I Etchingham, East Sussex

Plums are the last family of British stone fruit to ripen, signalling a change in the seasons, as summer draws to a close and autumn looms.

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COCO DE PAIMPOL

July - September I Brittany, France

Rarely seen outside of France, these pearly white beans come direct from Alexandre, an organic grower on the northwesterly Côte d'Armor. 

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SAN MARZANO TOMATOES

June - September I Sicily, Italy

Renowned for their meaty flesh, full body and bittersweet flavour, San Marzano are the ultimate tomato for tomato sauce - even when raw, their intense aroma brings to mind passata.

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ITALIAN FENNEL

September - April I Campania, Italy

Fennel is often sold all year round but we hold out for the real season, when its sweet anise flavour is not diluted by the bitterness found in bolting summer bulbs.

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DISCOVERY APPLES

August - September I Etchingham, East Sussex

Discovery are the first variety of British apples to ripen and are only available for a very short, month-long season.

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GUINEA FOWL

Anjon, France

Sourced by our butcher HG Walter straight from a single farmer in northwestern France.

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ALBA HAZELNUTS

Piedmont, Italy  

The recently declared UNESCO World Heritage site of Piedmont is home to one of Europe’s most prized nut – the hazelnut. The Piedmontese variety, the Alba, is a small, dense fruit with vivid striations. It is world-famous for its toasted aroma and rich flavour.

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SCOTTISH GIROLLES

July - September I Cairngorms, Scotland

Whilst wild mushrooms can be found across the forests of central Europe, the most revered are the girolles from the Highlands. 

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BABY LEEKS

August - November I Crocadon Farm, Cornwall

Sourced from Natoora's 120 acre organic farm in Cornwall, these baby leeks are grown in open, organic fields, without the use of any chemical pesticides or fertilisers.

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COURGETTE FLOWERS

May - October I Lazio, Italy

Most courgettes come from intensive producers in Holland, grown hydroponically and selected for size, not flavour. These are straight from Lazio, a rich growing region around Rome. Grown direct in the soil and picked smaller than you might expect, the flavour belies the size.

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BEETROOT

July - November I Cornwall, UK

These beets come straight to Natoora from the Good Earth Growers organic farm in Cornwall. Intense sun and heavy rain over the past few weeks have accelerated their growth, bringing their baby plantings to full size within days.

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ITALIAN BASIL

June - September I Lombardy, Italy

At this point in the year nearly all of Natoora's fresh herbs come straight from a single specialist grower in northern Italy. What makes his herbs so special is that Daniotti selects his seeds for flavour, not yield.

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YELLOW COURGETTES

June - September I Toulouse, France

The lush landscape of Montauban, just outside Toulouse, is principally famous for its stone fruit, and orchards grow in pretty much all available space. On the edge of the valley, however, fully angled into the sun and caught at that perfect point where humidity meets the warmer upper air, Yvan grows several varieties of courgette.

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HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

July - September I Epping, Essex

These tomatoes are grown by Mike in Essex. He meticulously selects seeds from his best-performing tomato plants at the end of each season, ready for next year’s crop. 

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MAUVE AUBERGINE

May - October I Acate, Sicily 

Straight from Francesco at Natoora's farm in Sicily, where all plants are sown straight in volcanic soil and pollinated entirely by bees.  Flavour is at the heart of every decision taken here, from variety to growing method.

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