The notorious Trinidad Scorpion has been unleashed

Oh my God, I’ve just been sent samples of the hottest chilli pepper to ever be commercially grown in the UK – the notorious Trinidad Scorpion.

And let me tell you right now this is not anything for the faint hearted – this is an all-out thermonuclear attack on the palate, throat and nose.

The notorious Trinidad Scorpion - a chilli pepper to be respected

The notorious Trinidad Scorpion – a chilli pepper to be respected

For chilli novices, let me give you a bit of background on this mega chilli pepper.

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Behind the scenes at the world’s biggest cheese festival

I have an admission to make. I’m a cheese-aholic.

It’s one of my favourite foods and like a fine wine or quality ale I love the complex tastes and many different varieties that can be found.

My absolute favourite is a wonderful, pungent soft French goat’s cheese called Banon that comes wrapped in chestnut leaves and is so runny that it is in danger of being re-classified as a liquid.

Now that's what I call a proper cheese board

Now that’s what I call a proper cheese board

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High quality English apricots to rival those from France

I know people moan about our climate but from now until mid-autumn if you’re a fruit lover than Britain and especially England is the place to be.

Not only do we have arguably the best strawberries and cherries in the world but we also produce amongst the loveliest tasting apples and pears.

And as hard as it is to believe we could soon also have apricots to rival those from France thanks to the availability of new cultivars developed to better suit our climate.

Stonefruit grower Nigel Bardsley with some of his freshly picked apricots.

Stonefruit grower Nigel Bardsley with some of his freshly picked apricots.

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