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 […]
About Nick Ball
Nick Ball has spent his entire career in the fruit business and thoroughly enjoys seeking-out the best tasting fresh fruit on sale in the UK. His aim is to offer this information to consumers in the hope that it will encourage them to enjoy more fruit and buy with confidence.
Entries by Nick Ball
Watch the Good Fruit Guide video on Forelle pears: new from South Africa in April.
Week 15, 2016 THIS WEEK: There is still no widespread sale of new season Satsumas, but they canâ€™t be far away! The new Forelle pear season is underway though, and will appear in more stores over the next week or so. Strawberries are plentiful, including those home-grown, and there are some lovely blueberries on sale […]
Week 13, 2016 THIS WEEK: More new fruit has arrived this week to signal the continued seasonal change. Most notable is the increasing choice of English strawberry varieties and the start of European blackberries. There is also an interesting black seedless grape from India, Flame and Sable grapes from Chile, and South African Gala apples. […]
Week 12, 2016 THIS EASTER WEEK: Northern spring and Southern autumnal changes continue to show up in stores. This week there are Comice (South Africa) and AbatÃ© FÃ©tÃ¨l (South Africa & Chile) pears, Egyptian Florida Prince peaches, a greater proportion of blueberries from Morocco and Spain rather than Chile, and more English strawberries. Then, for […]
Week 11, 2016 THIS WEEK: Spring is clearly just around the corner as the first British strawberries arrive in retailers. They are still low in volume and the majority of the fruit are arriving from Morocco and Spain, as are raspberries and blueberries. The southern hemisphere autumn is also bearing its fruits as South African […]
Week 10, 2016 THIS WEEK: Northern spring and southern autumn are showing more and more in the fruit on sale, with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries now arriving predominantly from Morocco and Spain, and new season Williams and AbatÃ© FÃ©tÃ¨l pears and Satsumas coming in from South Africa. FOUR FRUIT with FABULOUS FLAVOUR: Satsumas â€“ Satsuma […]
Week 09, 2016 TASTIEST FRUIT THIS WEEK: Mandarins â€“ Golden Nugget, Orri and Nadorcott FOUR FRUIT with FABULOUS FLAVOUR: Blood Oranges â€“Tarocco from Sicily Grapes â€“ Sweet Celebration, Sable and Melody from South Africa Avocado â€“ Pinkerton from Israel Grapefruit â€“ Florida Pink Ruby Red Mandarins: The late season mandarins are starting to lose their […]
Week 08, 2016 TASTIEST FRUIT THIS WEEK: Plums â€“ FlavorKing from South Africa FOUR FRUIT with FABULOUS FLAVOUR: Blood Oranges â€“ Ippolito Tarocco from Sicily Mandarins â€“ Murcott and Nadorcott from Spain and Morocco Black Grapes â€“ South African Sable and Melody Avocado â€“ Pinkerton from Israel Plums: South African FlavorKing plums are well-priced and […]
Week 07, 2016 TASTIEST FRUIT THIS WEEK: Blood Oranges â€“ Ippolito Tarocco from Sicily FOUR FRUIT with FABULOUS FLAVOUR: Pink Grapefruit â€“ Ruby Red from Florida Mandarins â€“ Murcott from Spain Black Grapes â€“ South African Sable and Melody Plums â€“ FlavorKing from South Africa Oranges: Italian blood oranges have been available for a few […]