Entries by Nick Ball

Fruit News This Week – wk 30

Week 30, 2016 THIS WEEK: You can tell that we are reaching high summer by the fruit being promoted in supermarkets: it’s all about strawberries, peaches, nectarines, cherries and watermelons. These are in plentiful supply, generally very good quality, and should be tasty as well. The stone fruit, in particular should be at its best. […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 28

Week 28, 2016 THIS WEEK: An alarming headline in The Times caught my eye today: ‘Why supermarkets are full of bad apples’. The word ‘bad’ was obviously chosen to pique the reader’s interest, but is entirely misleading as no shop would knowingly sell a bad apple. However, the point about long-term storage of apples is […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 27

Week 27, 2016 THIS WEEK: Summer fruit are approaching their peak in stores, but also in back-gardens as harvest begins on raspberries and tayberries. The pigeons are greedily eying-up the fast colouring red currants, so time to get some netting out! FOR MY FRUITBOWL, I WOULD BUY: Spanish peaches and nectarines Blueberries, particularly Kirra, Celeste, […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 24

Week 24, June 2016 THIS WEEK: If you walk into a supermarket or greengrocer this week, you will probably be confronted by stacks of strawberries or watermelons, but look beyond and there is any amount of wonderful fruit on sale at this time of year. FOR MY FRUITBOWL, I WOULD BUY: Spanish peaches, including flat […]


Raspberry-go-round: Raspberries are in peak season and of great quality, and there is a large choice of varieties for consumers. So, which raspberries should you buy? Broadly, the choice is between the following: Traditional-style, flavoursome, but tangy Glen Lyon and Glen Ample, usually the cheapest. New, sweet, though pricey Berry Gem or Berry Jewel, varieties […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 22

Week 22, June 2016 THIS WEEK: An editorial in the Telegraph on fruit is a rare phenomenon, but last week there was a short commentary on the lack of lemons in the world! Indeed, the effect of reduced supply from Argentina and South Africa can easily be seen in shops with most lemons on sale […]

Mangoes – Two Choices in Summer

A Choice of Two Mangoes All the year round, supermarkets sell a similar type of mango that is sweet, plump, reliable and well-priced. The main varieties are Kent and Keitt, often referred to as ‘Florida varieties’ due to their origin. They are now grown in large volumes in Central and South America, the Caribbean and […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 20

Week 20, 2016 THIS WEEK – More New Than Old: It’s late May and the tipping point between seasons has finally swung behind the new and freshly harvested fruit.  Spanish melons, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apricots; and home-grown blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are all becoming abundant in the stores. In addition, delicious Indian mangoes, […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 18

Week 18, 2016 THIS WEEK: The pace of change in new season fruit picks up in May, most notably with mangoes, top fruit and stone fruit. It’s an exciting time for mango-lovers with the Indian and West African seasons in full swing, as well as varieties from Thailand, Brazil and the Caribbean. For flavour, head […]