February 2020

This is a chilly time for British growers so most fruit comes from abroad. One homegrown highlight is neon-pink Yorkshire
forced rhubarb – available from us as a special order by the box. (Share it around your workplace!)
It’s also prime time for British brassicas such as kales, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbages, sprouts and crunchy kohl rabi.

Artichokes are in season this month and hugely underrated. At home, many people are put off as they don’t know the technique. But have a quick look online – we promise it’s worth the effort. Larger varieties such as Globe should be boiled or stewed; smaller ones can be trimmed then braised or eaten raw in salads. Try mixing with rocket, olive oil, lemon juice and Parmesan.

Nuts

Nuts are a fantastic source of energy.
Brazil nuts are particularly high in selenium, a key trace mineral. Walnuts are a rich course of Omega 3;
Our range includes cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts and Brazil nuts.
Stock up on a mixture and choose from salted, raw, roasted, honey or spicy. The ideal pick-me-up towards the end of the working day.

Pink Grapefruit

We love the vibrant colours of pink grapefruits.
This fruit is rich in Vitamin C and particularly high in beta carotene. So it’s great for your skin, too – providing many of the nutrients needed for a healthy glow.
The citrus fruits are also excellent for juicing, eating with a spoon or simply peeling like an orange.

Lychee

Are you addicted too?
We can’t get enough of sweet lychees. This is prime time for these prickly fruit which travel to us from Madagascar.
Lycheesare rich in Vitamin C and useful fatty acids. We should thank the bees for the fruit, as they are key pollinators for the evergreen lychee trees.

Blood Oranges

The best blood oranges are grown in the shadow
on Mount Etna in Sicily. There are three varieties.
Moro has the darkest flesh and is best known
here in the UK. Tarocco is lighter in colour and
prized for its complex flavour. Sanguinello comes
in March and is often used for juicing.
Grab them while you can – the season only lasts a few months.

Avodaco

There are three main varieties of avocado:
Pinkerton, Fuerte and Hass. The latter is the most
popular, with a slightly nuttier flavour. Per capita
consumption in the UK has more than doubled in
the last five years. But don’t worry – we’ve got your
back. Ripe can source top quality avocadoes 24/7.

Cherry Tomatoes

Our cherry tomatoes come in a rainbow of colours.
Some people say they are best avoided in winter. But
we disagree. There are many varieties that eat very
well at this time of year, including on-trend Italian
varieties such as Marinda and Camone – also available
from Ripe as a special order.