Stroud Green Fruit & Veg



  • ye i think im going to try and sort out a freezer. it will be a lot easier.
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  • <P>@Misscara, repot it and say it's your own? I've just made some jam with @ashman';s loquats, which Wikipedia says are a member of the same family as the kind of medlars which grow here, so you could give those a go. I haven't tried my jam yet, and won't be reporting my thoughts if it's 'orrible!</P>
  • Dried curry leaves are absolutely fine, and as people have said lime leaves you get fresh and freeze in little bags. <br>
  • I saw medlars today at the big turkish shop on the corner of Durham road and seven sisters rd.
  • That's where I saw them! Akdeniz, they are open 24 hours too.
  • Ah, loquats are nespole.
  • Yup, in some parts of the Med they are known as nispero/nespero or American fruit. Great to be able to eat them again!
  • I've seen nespoli in Spain, but always thought they were a sub-type of peach because they have the same type of colouring & furry skin. Never tried them, but will make a point of it this summer to compare with Ash's loquats.
  • Medlers are referred to in Shakespeare as a females private part. Don't know why, but it's one of the things they teach vets theses days. Chang
  • Medlar is also used for the derriere in 16th/17th century.
  • Saw loquats on sale as medlars at F&V place on Blackstock Road today. OH's parents used to have a medlar tree, and I'm told the fruits were reddish-purple - Mediterranean medlars, perhaps?
  • Is my medlar too bootylicious for you babe? Sorry.
  • <font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Hi guys,</font><div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; "><br></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">I will be starting local deliveries very soon, I am just in the process of sorting out transport/pricing/radius etc. I am thinking of selling standard boxes, but also create your own from anything we have in the shop. I am also going to create an organic section in the shop within a couple months. So I can deliver organic/non organic fruits and vegetables, depending on your choice. Some people like organic but some people don't see a difference so I will give you the choice. Obviously the prices will be very different between those two. Prices will be very reasonable and competitive compared to all the local companies. I will also be taking same day orders as we will be delivering local.</font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">any ideas or comments?</font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">thanks</font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Ash</font></div>
  • I've been using Abel and Cole for years and like them, but would happily switch. The things that make their scheme work for me (apart from the obvious like good produce) are:<br><br>I can give them a key to the front door of the house and they'll leave the box in the shared hallway<br>There's a mixed fruit and vegetable option<br>You find out what you'll get a few days in advance - helps with planning what else to buy<br>You can block something if you really don't like it.<br>There's a recipe card with each box, usually telling you what to do with the strangest thing in the box.<br><br>The first one is the only deal breaker. If the box were left outside the front door it'd get nicked every time. <br><br><br><br>
  • The things that would swing it for me are price, size of the box and how far you'd deliver. I'm in Turnpike Lane and I live on my own. I'd have to do the key thing too, unless you'd do evening deliveries. I really like the recipe card idea.
  • As you are open until 10pm and I live five minutes away from your shop I probably won't need to have things delivered. If I was to use a delivery service, price, seasonality and variety would be the main priorities.
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    well i was thinking of doing different sized boxes, and also letting people make their own box if they like. i will make sure the price is right, as i have looked at abel and co and a few other places, and i could supply so much more for the prices they have. i will decide on the radius very soon but turnpike lane should be ok. as for the key thing, it will not be a problem. I will be doing the deliveries myself at first to see how it goes. Plus i have a shop on the highroad which anyone can easily walk into for any problems. I wouldnt mind giving something signed that shows i have the keys and will keep them safe at all times. i will also be doing organic and non organic produce. so you can decide which suits your budget. i will be putting things like pineapple, avocadoes, strawberrys in the boxes aswell. so it will be good value for money.
  • Sounds lovely and I wish you luck. Your shop is brilliant so I'm sure that this will be a success. Would you do eggs, bread and your lovely olives in the boxes too?
  • yes olives,eggs and bread will be in the boxes.
  • ashman, I've just had some of your British asparagus and it was yummy.  I think asparagus, boiled ham, new potatoes and poached eggs is one of the best meals ever invented.
  • @ashman - would you consider doing organic carrots?  I generally can't afford organic for everything but only buy organic carrots.  I am a bit fan of your shop!<br>
  • I only eat organic carrots myself as ordinary ones aren't suitable for human consumption. ( Too much pesticides if the are able to control the carrot fly.) However your bags of onions are fantastic value for money!<br>
  • No loquats are quite different. Medlar are a strange old thing and you don't see them around much - they need to bletch before they are usable (see below bit about frost).<br><br><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%" align="left"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="a14b" valign="top" align="left">Medlar</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" align="left"><img src="" border="0" height="4" width="20"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="a12b" valign="top" align="left">Medlars (Mespilus germanica) are a pretty, small ornamental tree with 2 inch diameter edible brown fruits. It blooms in late spring with large flowers resembling single white roses. Fruit is eaten when soft, generally after a frost & has a mild flavor similar to a pear. <br>You would need to wait till late autumn early winter really.<br> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </td> <td valign="top" align="right"><img src="" border="0" height="1" width="20"></td> <td valign="top" align="right"> <br></td></tr></tbody></table>
  • @applehead, that sounds more like the medlars my in-laws used to grow. My f-in-law said you had to wait till they were verging on rotten to use them!
  • Saw a lovely loquat tree with lots of fruit at the Eden Project this week!
  • I can get organic carrots, no problem.
  • Hello<br><br>Still loving the shop. One big thing though - every time we've bought English apples from you, they've been bad e.g. fluffy, bruised etc. I know now's not really the time to complain as they're  not in season, but it would be great to have some good ones in when they are!<br>
  • The Russets in stock before Xmas were good!
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