The first UK-grown peaches will be on sale this summer thanks to a project backed by London-based wholesale Nature’s Choice.
Businessmen Vernon Mascarenhas and Martin Dykes say they will be selling UK grown stone fruit this summer after seven years of trials. Mr Mascarenhas said, “We had our first commercial crop of English grown apricots this year and are trialling nectarines and peaches with the hope to sell them next year. Every year the blossom on these trees is coming one day early, so over 30 years this is a whole month earlier which is allowing us to plant these trees native to Southern Europe and harvest the fruit.”
Mr Dykes added that the initiative, which will make the company the first to sell UK-grown peaches and nectarines, would be a success if the Met Office long range forecast for this summer is correct. “”Restaurants are opting for UK-grown produce, rather than just requesting the price and going for the cheaper, foreign option,” he said.
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