Entries by Nick Ball

Fruit News This Week – wk 23-24, June

New seasons of every fruit type are now underway, the last being that of Spanish plums which takeover from tired Angelino and Flavorfall from South Africa and Chile. So, new order follows old with the relentless march of time, which is more than can be said for our politicians who seem to have no order […]

Mango Update – June

For the last month, the tastiest mangoes available have been from India, particularly Alphonse and Kesar, though not forgetting the sublime Nam Dok Mae from Thailand. These are still available from Asian groceries and occasional supermarkets (M&S, Morrisons, Tesco). Now, however, choice is increased with the excellent and delicious Sindhri mango from Pakistan which has […]

Fruit Salad Today: Beautiful Berries

A lovely, tangy start to the day: English Triumph strawberries and Berryworld Pearl raspberries; and Spanish Rocio blueberries and Ark45 blackberries – wonderful with Greek yoghurt and a twizzle of honey. 2nd June 2017   ©Good Fruit Guide 2017. Recommendations on fruit varieties and types with the very best taste are personal to the editor […]

Fruit Salad Today: Malling Strawberry

A tangy mix of berries with some exotic sweetness: a newish variety of strawberry bred in East Malling, Kent, called Malling Centenary, with beautiful aroma; sweet Rocio blueberries from Spain, and traditional sharp and tangy blackberry, Lochness, from UK. The sweetness is from Ecuadorian bananas and new season Hayward kiwi from Chile, and a dollop […]

Tasty Fruit for Spring Bank Holiday

Scorching hot weather ushers in real summer! It’ll get cooler and there will be thunderstorms, but it gets us in the mood, despite all the troubles afflicting the country, for being out and about and at one with nature and nature’s produce. New seasons of all fruit are underway, so what better than to sample […]

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 […]