Entries by Nick Ball

Fruit News This Week – Wk 40

Week 40, 2015 30th September Five Fruit with Fabulous Flavour: Turkish Figs New season English apples – Rubens joins Estivale, Zari, Cox, Worcester Mangoes – Spanish Osteen Mandarins – Iwasaki Satsumas and Clemenrubi Clementines from Spain; Nadorcott from South Africa and Peru Pears – Abaté Fétel and Comice Mandarins: Joining the first Spanish Iwasaki Satsumas […]

Fruit News This Week (24th September)

Week 39, 2015 24th September, 2015 Fruit News This Week Five Fruit with Fabulous Flavour: Turkish Figs New season English apples – Estivale, Zari, Cox, Worcester Mangoes – Spanish Osteen, Brazilian Palmer Satsumas – Iwasaki from Spain Grapes – Cotton Candy, Autumn Royal Satsumas: The first Spanish Satsumas are coming into stores. The variety is […]

Fruit News This Week – Wk 39

Week 38-39, 2015 18th September, 2015 Fruit News This Week Five For Fabulous Flavour: Turkish Figs New season English apples – Estivale, Zari, Cox, Worcester Grapes – Autumn Royal, Cotton Candy Spanish Mangoes – Osteen Late Clementines from South Africa and Peru: Nadorcott, Orri, Mor Apples: Early varieties from the new English apple season are […]

Fruit News This Week – Wk 38

Week 38, 2015 12th September, 2015 Five For Fabulous Flavour: Figs New season English apples – Estivale, Zari Grapes – Sultana, Sable, Tropical Mango, Cotton Candy, Israeli Mangoes – Shelley Wild blackberries Blackberries: Wild blackberries are free and supremely flavoursome and are in all good hedgerows now (though maturity will depend on location)! Alternatively, the […]

The Importance of Variety

What is the key to finding the best tasting fruit? The variety name! Just like apples, all fruit have a variety name, and just like apples, different varieties taste different. We know that Gala apples are sweet and crisp, while Cox are more soft and tangy, but are less familiar with the difference between Shelley […]

Holiday Fruit in August

With the kids on holiday, and constantly ravenous, how do you encourage them to eat fruit and not crisps and sweets? With voracious appetites and constant hunger, it’s better to eat something healthy, so fruit is ideal grazing food – if you pick the right types and varieties. Good flavour and sweetness is what keeps […]

Fruit News This Week – Wk 35

Week 35, 2015 28th August, 2015 Fruit News This Week Five For Fabulous Flavour: Wild blackberries New season English apples – Discovery, Estivale, Zari English Plums – Jubileum, Reeves Seedless, Avalon, Victoria Grapes – Sable, Tropical Mango, Stella Bella, Cotton Candy, Timpson, Krissy Israeli Mangoes – Maya and Shelley Blackberries: Wild blackberries are free and […]

Fruit News This Week – Wk 34

Week 34, 2015 20th August Fruit News This Week Blueberries: Blueberries are more abundant now than at any time of the year. Bluecrop from Poland is the main variety at very good values. Greengages: Probably the sweetest stone fruit at the moment are greengages from Portugal, France and England: catch them while they last! Wild […]

Pears in August

Pears in August It may not be obvious, but early to mid-summer is a great time for pears. The shops are full of a delicious array of varieties from the southern hemisphere, many of which we do not see in the European season. Did you try Forelle from South Africa, or Taylors Gold from New […]

What are Clementines, Mandarins, Satsumas and Tangerines?

What are Clementines, Mandarins, Satsumas and Tangerines? It is confusing to browse the citrus aisle in a retail store for easy-peelers because of the plethora of names and descriptions used: Satsumas, Clementines, Tangerines, Mandarins, etc. There is quite a list, which has largely developed to help retailers differentiate a complex group of similar fruit for […]