Entries by Nick Ball

FRUIT for ENTERTAINING – Indian Mango with berries

When looking for fruit for entertaining, the very best taste at the moment can be found in Indian mangoes such as Kesar and Alphonse. As a soothing, sweet dessert after a sumptuous main course, they will not fail to impress your guests with their wonderful flavour. Indian Mango with berries: The deep orange-yellow flesh of […]

FRUIT for ENTERTAINING: Grapes with the Cheese Board

This is not the best time for grapes. Most supplies are from the tail-end of the southern hemisphere season and many berries, while still having reasonable sweetness and texture, are clinging to dry-looking stems and will not look the part on a respectable cheese platter. However, several premium varieties are still available from Chile and […]

Fruit Salad Today: Brilliant Berries

A delicious Indian Kesar mango base is brought alive with tangy, tasty Driscoll Maravilla raspberries. This is a lovely new variety that is becoming increasingly popular with recognition by more and more retailers. Thrown on top are some Cotton Candy grapes, Triumph persimmon and Kirra blueberries. It’s a lovely balanced mix of tastes and flavours: […]

Tasty Fruit for Children This Week

Tasty fruit for children: where to find fresh fruit that will appeal to children in the spring offering? It is, as always, often down to the variety of each fruit type, though conventional wisdom also states that children like sweet fruit and small pieces: by no means a certainty! Like adults, children will find fruit […]

Fruit Salad Today: Rain Out, Sunshine In

17th May, 2017 Big, sunny tastes from Indian Kesar mango, Solo papaya from Jamaica and Moroccan Kirra blueberry! Bash the succulence with super-tangy Columbian physalis and zingy early Spanish nectarine, then smooth over the effect with soothing Ecuadorian banana and late French Hayward kiwi. The combination of sweet, exotic flavours of tropical fruit will beautifully […]

Summer Mangoes – Not to be Missed

May to July is the best time of year for mangoes with great flavour. These are from Asia, where the fruit originated, and are sweeter and more flavoursome than the standard varieties that we get all year round. So sweet and intense, they are well worth the effort to find, particularly as each variety is […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 19-20 (May)

Where to find flavour among the spring offering of fruit? It is, as always, really down to the variety of each fruit type. Much of the new season fruit on offer are early varieties which grow and mature quickly, or are the result of the first harvest. Although fresh in flavour, they are often a […]

Fruit Salad Today: Sweet New Spain

Lovely new season fruit from the market in Palma de Mallorca: apricots, cherries and locquats (nispero or medlar), all on a bed of silky Granada cherimoya. The combination makes a delicious breakfast – sweet, flavoursome and tangy with the unusual tropical undertones of the cherimoya. The apricots and cherries will soon be in UK stores, […]

Peaches & Nectarines in May

Peaches & Nectarines in May – A Sign of Things to Come Late April / early May brings the first peaches and nectarines from the new Mediterranean season. Generally, the first on the shelves are from Egypt, followed a week or two later by fruit from southern Spain. Don’t expect sweet succulence at this stage […]

Blueberries in May – The Perfect Snack

Shops are brimming with fresh Moroccan and Spanish blueberries, such a wonderful fruit, full of health benefits, a great snack, and a perfect substitute for sweets (fruit for kid’s!). The choice in shops is all the better for many new and flavoursome varieties such as Kirra, Mayra, Arana, and Celeste. However, most varieties (see label […]