Entries by Nick Ball

Fruit Highlights in Retailers

This week, the stand-out fruit in most stores are blood oranges and Navel oranges; Nadorcott mandarins; Sable black grapes; and FlavorKing plums. On browsing various individual retailers, most have additional tasty options which are highlighted below and well worth trying if you see them:

Fruit of the Week in Retailers

This week, the stand-out fruit in most stores are blood oranges and Navels; Nadorcott mandarins; Sable black grapes; lychee and various South African plums. Otherwise, on browsing the retail shelves I would highlight the following as being interesting in the flavour stakes: ALDI: Oranges: Tarocco blood oranges at Aldi prices!

Easy-Peeler Citrus

Further thoughts on Easy-peelers available now: we were surprised to see Clementine variety Clemenule (from Spain) still on sale in Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s as they are normally finished by this time of year. On eating, they show the classic signs of late season:

Figs

The best time of year for figs is September when we get mountains of delicious fresh Turkish figs in our stores. However, the opposite season from the southern hemisphere is not without its high-points.

Clementines, Mandarins, Tangerines and Satsumas

This time of year is great for tasty mandarins, the collective name for easy-peeler citrus fruit. We are entering the late season from the Mediterranean producing countries of Spain, Morocco and Italy, the early to mid-season varieties are all but finished, and the long-hanging, late varieties are being harvested.