I did manage to pop home from Wales for a few hours in the last week of July. The first crop to be ready was Morettini, which were yellowing slightly and parting easily from the spurs. I picked a couple of kilos to take home. The desert quality wasn't great, they were quite astringent for eating raw, but were perfect for poaching after about a week. Despite the brief heat-wave in June, I suspect they simply haven't had enough sun to ripen adequately. Desert quality has been good in previous years, sweet and lightly buttery but not this year. Yields were very good, but by the middle of August wasps had destroyed a good percentage of the crop (see next post).