Swindon was the location for the next step on our trailer tour. Loaded down with delicious French greengages, and after successfully navigating the notorious magic roundabout, we carefully inched down the pedestrianised town centre towards The Parade.
Who gets nostalgic when they think about greengages? Did anyone grow them in the garden when they were younger? These small green/yellow tinged plums have a sweet and 'jammy' taste and are a traditional British favourite!
We have some exclusive fruit news for you… Tree-ripened British apricot should be in store by the end of this week! The beautiful apricots on these trees are being grown by our farmer Robert Hinge, who can be seen on the wall of the M&S store in Marble Arch.
We were lucky enough to bag a pitch at the Clapham Common Foodies Festival. This was a fantastic location with a large footfall, despite extraordinarily ‘British’ weather. There were some really fantastic products on offer in Clapham, ranging from homemade honey to country-style rain hats. With so many amazing smells wafting around the site, such as BBQ meat, paella, Greek cuisine and jerk chicken, it was impossible to walk around this show without feeling permanently hungry.
We have a lot of recipes on our blog and will be adding more throughout the season. If you try any, please send us a photo (or alternatively send us a recipe you have made up yourself!) for the chance to win an amazing foodie bundle, worth £200!
If you buy fruit from M&S this summer, we would love to see the adventures that you take it on. In this really simple competition we are inviting you to send us a photo of your fruit adventure, using the hashtag #myfruitadventure.
Last weekend we had the privilege of showcasing Golden Kiwis and Speciality Mangoes at the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival. The atmosphere across all three days was fantastic, even when the showers came everyone’s spirits stayed sunny. Set amongst stalls from Cheltenham’s top restaurants and local speciality produce suppliers, visitors crowded round enjoying sampling our refreshing fruit.
We are giving you the opportunity to win our bright orange Sunburst bike in return for an article about our wonderful Sunburst nectarines. The bike is the Mango Curve single-speed ladies' bike. Here is how it works…
Have you ever tried a Rainier cherry? You may have spotted them in M&S, they are the really beautiful red and yellow cherries. Rainier Cherries originated in 1952 in Washington, USA. Farmers crossed two red varieties and much to their surprise, the combination of these cherries produced a golden yellow cherry with a red blush and incredibly sweet flavour. Rainier Cherries were named after Mount Rainier, the highest peak in Washington.
We are really looking forward to being at Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival this weekend. Attracting around 22,000 visitors to its beautiful Regency Cotswold surroundings, this show is a must for all food lovers.
On Thursday, 11 June, the NEC in Birmingham will open its doors to thousands of eager visitors looking to discover the latest trends in cooking, listen to their favourite chefs talk about their journeys, and to try a whole host of the foods which will be on our plates this summer.
We attended BBC Good Food Eat Well Show to sample our wonderful South African Flavorking plums. The Flavorking is probably the sweetest plum you will ever try, as it is a hybrid of a plum and an apricot, giving it a unique ‘bubblegum’ flavour. In February and March, Flavorking plums come from South Africa, where the fruit is exposed to a lot of sunshine to ripen it on the tree. Later in the year (September time) Flavorking returns, from Italy and Spain.