Red Delicious apples

The Red Delicious is an apple cultivar, established in Iowa in1880. It is one of the most famous and widely grown American apples. Well adapted to temperate areas, it does less well in warm temperate areas. This tough skinned, juicy, rather coarse textured yet sweet tasting apple is so well known it needs no description. Loved for its vibrant red colour

Apricots, origin specific

Apricots are origin specific.  The quality available is extremely diverse so the choice of variety depends on the purpose required. Like all stone fruits, the more the flesh clings to the kernel the better the quality; but for commercial use this is the most difficult to work with.

Apricots are originally from China but arrived in Europe via Armenia, which is why the scientific name is Prunus armenaica. Today apricots are enjoyed as a fresh fruit but also dried, cooked in desserts and they make excellent preserves. The fruits are also distilled into brandy and liqueur and the essential oil from the pits is produced  commercially as bitter almond oil. Turkey, Italy, Russia, Spain, Greece, USA (mainly California), and France are the leading producers of apricots.

Commercially, the fruit is harvested just as the skin changes from green to yellow before the fruit is too soft and subject to bruising and rapid decay. Research shows apricots possess the highest levels and widest variety of carotenoids which are antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and reduce “bad cholesterol” levels. Apricots are also an excellent source of beta-carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, iron, potassium, and fibre among other nutrients.

Blackberries

Blackberries are native to Asia, Europe, North and South America. They have been used in Europe for over 2000 years for eating, medicinal purposes and as hedges to keep out marauders.  Blackberries are notable for their high nutritional contents of dietary fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B, Folic Acid, essential minerals and manganese. Historically blackberry juice was used as a dye but also had medicinal purposes curing respiratory ailments and coughing.

The blackberry is an aggregate fruit that is composed of many smaller fruits called drupes.  Their  primary cultivation was in the state of Oregon in the USA as recently as 1995 and they are still the leading blackberry producer in the world. The soft fruit is popular for use in desserts, jams, jellies and some wine. Since the many species form hybrids easily, there are numerous cultivars with more than one species in their ancestry.

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in nutrients and anitoxidants and currently considered a ‘superfruit’. According to medical experts from America they are full of vitamin C, packed with anti-oxidants, great for the bladder and cystitis.  Recently, blueberries have also been found to contain elements that reduce cholesterol.

Native to North America they are now also grown in Australia, New Zealand and South America. Blueberries require a very acid soil, which is well drained but moisture retentive. Blueberries are quite tart in flavour and are generally best used in purees, jellies, jams, pies, muffins and cereals.

Gooseberry

Native to Europe, northwestern Africa and south west Asia, it is one of several similar species in the subgenus Grossularia.

Peaches

The peach is a relative of the apricot, almond, cherry, and plum. All of these have edible kernels or stones. The stone of a peach is usually about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. Peaches are sometimes classified by how their stones cling to their flesh. A clingstone peach will be firmly textured and its flesh will adhere to the stone. Clingstones peaches usually mature early and are used primarily for cooking or canning. Semi-freestone peaches usually ripen midseason. They are good for cooking or eating out of hand. Freestone peaches usually ripen later in the season. Because the texture of a freestone peach is usually soft, the pit will often fall away freely. These peaches are best for using fresh.

The largest peach producers in the world are Italy, the United States, China, and Greece. Next to the apple, the peach is the most widely cultivated fruit in the world. Today’s peaches are believed to be descended from the Chinese wild peach. Peaches were first cultivated in China more than 2,500 years ago. In China, the peach is a symbol of longevity and immortality.

Pineapple

Smooth Cayenne, grown in Hawaii, is the primary pineapple variety in the world and weighs between 3-5 ½ pounds; it is known for its high acid and sugar content. When ripe, the Hawaiian pineapple is golden tan or reddish orange colour while Central American varieties are still green.

The Smooth Cayenne pineapple, which is extensively cultivated for fresh fruit and fruit processing, may be the most familiar variety but the Queen or Formosa is another cultivar that is as sweet and as crisp as the Smooth Cayenne. Moreover, its fruit is desired for its low fibre content.

In the early 1920s, the Pineapple Research Institute of Hawaii embarked on a lengthy hybridisation program to replace the Cayenne or Champaka pineapple, a canning variety, with a hardier and higher-yielding fruit. The result was an extra sweet golden strain of pineapple, the Gold pineapple, developed in the 1980s after 60 years of meticulous plant breeding, keen field observations and evaluations of hundreds of thousands of pineapple varieties.

Click enquire at the bottom of this page for details of the varieties of imported pineapple that we are able to supply.

Stanley plum

Stanley is one of the most tasteful and reliable varieties of plums. The fruit is sweet and juicy, though firm. Flesh is orange-yellow, skin is smooth, deep violet-blue. The fruit is excellent fresh as well as canned, high sugar content makes them ideal for drying. It blooms late in the spring and is mostly self-fertile, though it benefits from a pollinator nearby. However, even on its own crops sufficiently. The fruit ripens at the end of September.

Williamette raspberry

Originating from Poland this deep red, medium to large size, firm conical berry has an excellent flavour. Williamette hold their shape and colour when frozen. Supplied IQF and puree.

Malinova rhubarb

Whilst categorised as a fruit it is really a vegetable because the stems of rhubarb are eaten rather than the fruit. Rhubarb originates from Siberia, and is a very hardy, frost resistant plant – in fact it needs a period of frost in the winter to produce the best stalks.

One word of warning – do not eat the leaves of rhubarb – they contain oxalic acid which is definitely poisonous to humans.

Rhubarb stalks grow in a spectrum of colors from red to green. In between colors are often called pink or speckled. A deep red petiole is the more popular among consumers, but these plants are often accompanied by poor growth and yield. Green varieties are often much more productive. Consumers also often assume the red stemmed rhubarb is sweeter than other colors but color and sweetness are not necessarily related. The Victoria variety, which is probably the greenest variety, can produce some very sweet stems.

Senga strawberry

First bred in Germany in the 1950s, the flavour of this variety is quite exceptional and surpasses the taste of any bred ‘for long shelf life’ commercially grown strawberry. Supplied IQF and puree blend – ideal for a smoothie mix.

Camarosa strawberry

These are gigantic, wholesome, luscious, naturally sweet and juicy strawberries. Not grown in the UK but imported from Poland, Spain and Morrocco. Supplied IQF and puree blend

Blackcurrant

Blackcurrants are available from Eastern Europe and varieties change from year to year depending upon harvest. Click ‘enquire’ to let us know your requirements; we can certainly give you the best advice.

Cherry

At Place UK we are able to offer both sweet and sour varieties of cherry, either with or without stone. Click ‘enquire’ and let us know your requirements.

Mandarin orange

Imported from Asia, click ‘enquire’ to let us know your requirements.

Pear

Williams pears are available diced but other varieties can also be supplied depending on harvest; click ‘enquire’ for more information

Varieties and availability are subject to change due to seasonal variations, continuous development and evolving specifications. Please enquire for further information.