Entries by Nick Ball

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 […]

Fruit News This Week – wk 16

Week 16, 2016 THIS WEEK: Satsumas from South Africa or Argentina are now pretty much in all stores; the late season Powell Navel is making an appearance as other Navels diminish, alongside widespread sales of Valencia oranges; Brazilian Gala apples, usually quite flavoursome, have popped up in Morrisons; but best of all, the Indian mango […]