Within North German gastronomy, the Christmas business is now slowly starting. The first orders have already been received in major cities such as Hamburg and Braunschweig. Among the seasonal racers in the pre-Christmas period are not only standard products such as red cabbage, colourful salads and nuts, but also fruit exotic products of all kinds and mushrooms, confirms a survey among North German gastronomic suppliers.
Physalis from Colombia
In the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, sales will skyrocket in the course of this week, expects a spokesman for the company Andronaco, a full-range retailer in the east of the port city. "Red cabbage, fresh, sliced and canned, is already in demand in larger quantities. In addition, the colourful salads -especially Lolo Bionda and Rosso- are currently selling well. We can also supply most of these lettuce types in winter from regional greenhouses. For other types of lettuce, such as Frisée, we have to resort to imports from Italy and France."
In the fruit sector, fruit exotics are now coming to the fore: lots of walnuts - in shell as well as seeds - and pomegranates from various origins are currently being sold quickly. "Even unusual fruit for decoration purposes is now being sold increasingly. One example is Physalis, which is mainly sourced from Colombia."
Continuous demand for standard goods
Arkadiusz Krysiak, owner of Leo Food LLC, confirms that the Christmas season has also started in Braunschweig. The company has been supplying caterers, hotels and bulk consumers in the Braunschweig region for 14 years. "So far, we have not noticed any increase in demand or a greater need for special products."
Apart from that, the Braunschweig wholesaler mainly sells standard products in slightly larger volumes, such as mushrooms from Poland, even in the run-up to Christmas. "Shortly before Christmas, some customers will also order special mushrooms or fruit exotic fruits. But there's no talk of significant Christmas sales," he says.