Entries by Nick Ball

Fruit News This Week – wk 09

10-A-Day, now there is a challenge, even in my household! To make it easier, why not just follow the Good Fruit Guide and eat fruit with fabulous taste? FOR MY FRUITBOWL, I WOULD BUY: • Grapes: Sable, Muscat Beauty and Cotton Candy from South Africa and Chile; • Mandarins: Nadorcott, Tangold or Orri from Spain, […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 06

In the depths of winter, any changes in the fruit world are happening far from our shores, but change there is! Think citrus in the Mediterranean or grapes and stone fruit in South Africa, as the harvest moves on to mid/late season varieties, some with wonderful depth of flavour. There is always something changing, and […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 04

These lovely crisp, cold winter days can be more ‘hot soups and mugs of cocoa’ than fresh fruit, but then a good crisp apple or pear, or a satisfyingly sweet orange would not go amiss, nor a nutritious banana on-the-hoof. And, once cosily tucked away at home, there are some deliciously flavoursome exotic delights to […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 48

Week 48, December 2016 What is it about Christmas? Wednesday, the last day of November, mid-morning and not one parking space in Waitrose: chaos at the tills, and no better elsewhere. Everyone will be back nearer the time for their Christmas fruit & veg! In the meantime, my attention turns to apples: there is something […]

Braeburn: the greatest apple variety?

I remember when Braeburn was first becoming established from New Zealand, when it was regarded as an almost perfect apple. It was firm, crunchy and sweet, with a great acid balance and a lovely flavour.   Then it spread around the apple-producing world without much control; the uniformity of quality was lost and several variants […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 46

Week 46, November 2016 Asda aisles: ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ blaring out and it only just feels like winter has started! Well, one thing is for sure, the Christmas mandarins have started from Spain: Clemenules are in all stores, deliciously sweet and the archetypal Clementine, which will take us through to January. More fruit news for […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 44

FRUIT NEWS THIS WEEK: Week 44, November 2016 Seasons continue to change and I had a reminder of how the fruit trade sometimes gets it wrong: being too hasty to get to market. It’s a lesson that the very first fruit may not always be quite ready: a bit acidic, a bit starchy, a bit […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 42

Week 42, October 2016 THIS WEEK: A huge choice of new season apples and pears; mangoes, persimmons and cherimoya from Spain, the new Mediterranean citrus season starting, and interesting melons from Brazil: what more could you want? FOR MY FRUITBOWL, I WOULD BUY: Apples: Rubens, Zari and Egremont Russet from UK; Pears: Abaté Fétèl from […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 40

Week 40, October 2016 THIS WEEK: It never ceases to amaze me that, whatever the time of year, there is always something exciting happening in the fruit world! Right now, it is the start of the Spanish mango, persimmon, satsuma and clementine, and Israeli grapefruit seasons, but also the consolidation of fresh British apples and […]