Great to hear that watermelons have become the latest exotic or unusual fruit to be grown in the UK.
Watermelons – from Herefordshire.
They follow apricots, regular melons, blueberries and aronia berries which are all now being grown in Britain.
The watermelons are a personal triumph for 19-year-old agriculture student Joe De Pascalis who set himself a challenge to grow them at a Hereford fruit and vegetable grower where he is currently working.
The watermelons are the handiwork of young agriculture student Joe De Pascalis
Even better news is that the watermelons were helped on by the great summer we’ve had so far.
The watermelons only needed artificial heating at the germination stage and this came from a biomass woodchip burner which significantly reduces the carbon footprint of other heating methods. Once planted, they received no additional heating.
One of my fondest childhood memories is of visiting my aunt and being allowed to run free in her garden to pick wonderful greengages.
These incredible, sweet tasting members of the plum family with a beautiful pale olive green colour were a mid-summer delight that were available for most of the school holidays.
Part of the joy of eating them is that when ripe they effortlessly come away from their kernel leaving you with generous mouthfuls of sweet, delicious flesh.
Greengages have a wonderful intense, rich flavour
I’m not surprised to hear that coconut water has become the UK’s fastest growing thirst quencher.
Everywhere you look people are drinking it – from sporty types and fitness fans to pop stars like Rihanna.
Have you tried it yet? This is my favourite variety. What’s yours? Let me know on Twitter @mikebaess.