North London, Turnpike Lane: although rough around the edges, the area is a gem for reasonably priced fresh fruit and veg. This lovely bunch of asparagus cost me £1.39. A bargain when you consider the measley quantities given in Sainsbury’s or Tesco for almost double the price.

FYI: Green Lanes in Harringay is an Aladin’s cave of weird and wonderful fruit and veg; some of which you’ll recognise, others which will leave you scratching your head. This particular bunch of asparagus will be enjoyed later tonight with homemade hollandaise, crushed garlic potatoes and salmon.