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Veg News October 12th

For those with a keen sense of smell, there are some beautifully perfumed autumnal fruits at the moment…
Foremost amongst these is the range of pear varieties. We tend to think November is when the Conference really come into their own, and have been mixing and matching with lesser known varieties and the different characteristics they bring. Onward pears are particularly aromatic, their flavour & texture similar to a Comice, but easier to grow in the UK – recommended for poaching. Beurre Hardy, often best peeled, have buttery/smooth flesh and an excellent flavour. Both come courtesy of Carey near Herford, alongside their conference.
Come Friday, they will be joined by Concorde pears from Windmill near Banbury. Easily confused with Conference by appearance, they are actually a Conference/Comice cross. Not possible to reference Windmill Orchards in October without a nod to their wonderful supply of quince! To the uninitiated, quince are related to apples and pears, but are not to be eaten raw. Jams, jellies, puddings and pies are the order of the day. When fully ripe, the smell is nothing short of sensational. Equally exciting is the arrival of our first ever kiln-dried UK walnuts from Windmill on Friday. You’ll have seen the fresh green-fleshed supply in recent weeks, but this year Sima has decided to invest in a kiln in order to maximise her crop… should be a feature throughout the autumn.
Veg-wise, summer crops such as tomatoes and courgettes are becoming scarce – expect us to look increasingly to continental Europe. The brassica range however is still full to bursting! The range of different kales and cavolo nero is particularly impressive.

Price comparison – October 11th 2017 (Morrisons non-organic vs Unicorn organic)

Clementines - Morrisions (large): 35p South Africa, Unicorn (small): 19p Spain
Kale – Morrisons: £3.34/kg UK, Unicorn: £3.28/kg (various, all UK)
Cavolo nero – Morrisons: £3.33/kg UK, Unicorn: £3.28/kg approx (Wass/Yorks)
Washed carrots – Morrisons organic: £1.45/kg UK, Unicorn: £1.30/kg (Bagthorpe/Norfolk)

Last Modified - 12th October 2017

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Grow a Grocery

We think there’s room for a Unicorn-type store in every city, and perhaps more besides. We have no plans to expand outside the one shop, so we’ve put together a guide intended to help facilitate the emergence of new stores run on similar lines.

Starting a new business is a daunting process. The guide is based on the model Unicorn has tried & tested since 1996, and walks potential grocers through all areas of the business, in the hope that it will make starting a new shop an easier process and help existing shops improve and/or expand.


Read the guide here

Last Modified - 10th October 2013

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