Entries by Nick Ball

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 […]

Tasty Fruit for May Bank Holiday

Week 17-18, April/May 2017 With the imminence of May Bank Holiday in UK, it’s easy to forget that this is Labour Day around the world. When you enjoy some of the delicious fruit recommended this week, it’s also easy to forget that every single piece has been plucked from its mother plant by labourers around […]

Fruit Salad Today: American Beauty

The taste of the Americas: Soft, sweet and succulent Honeydew melon from Honduras (bought in Sainsbury’s); mild and flavoursome Florida Pink grapefruit, peeled segments for extra luxury (var. Rio Red)(bought in Morrisons); bananas from Ecuador; late Red Heart plum from Chile. It’s a lovely combination of tasty fruit that represent the tail-end of the winter […]

Tasty Fruit For Easter Weekend

Good Friday is not Good Beer Day or Good Fruit Day, it’s Good Friday and should be treated with respect. Easter Sunday, though, is another matter: a day of celebration throughout the Christian world, and a fitting day for all of us to serve-up the best tasting fruit that you can find! FOR MY EASTER […]

School Holiday Fruit This Easter

The Easter school holidays, with the hope of beautiful Spring weather, are upon us, so it is worth considering the options for delicious fruit to keep children from the sweetie jar. Seasonally, it is not the easiest time as much is coming to an end, and the new seasons starting tend to offer early season […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 14-15 (April)

Easter holidays, beautiful Spring weather, the most important Christian celebration, thoughts of chocolate eggs, thoughts of Syria and Sweden: as always, the world is full of contradiction. The only course of action is to believe in the innate goodness that is our essence, and enjoy good fruit as an embodiment of that essential spirit in […]