This week the British greengage crop will be arriving in Waitrose shops, with the favourable weather bringing the fruit to our tables a week earlier than normal – and it’s a bumper British crop too!
Shoppers have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the seasonal favourite, with searches for greengage jam recipes up 134% on Waitrose.com, in anticipation as home cooks prepare for the next fruit in the seasonal jam-making calendar. With more time at home during lockdown, interest in making jam has risen with searches for jam recipes up 202% at Waitrose.com.
Tim Stevens, Waitrose Fruit Buyer says: ‘Our British greengages have a loyal following from those who have discovered the treats these little green heritage plums offer. Their naturally high pectin levels combined with the fact that the season is short, but sweet, means they are a jam makers delight with those in the know able to enjoy the fruits of their labour throughout the year!’
Will Torrent, Waitrose Development Pastry Chef said: ‘Greengages are a truly Great British fruit that are beautifully rich and floral whilst at the same time offering an elegant sourness to tastebuds too. Try simply macerated with dollops of natural yogurt, cooked in a seasonal tart or for something special it matches really well with our Leckford Estate Brut in home-made jam.’
Waitrose greengages are grown in Gloucestershire by Michael Bentley who has supplied fruit for Waitrose for over 30 years. Green in colour, greengages are a member of the plum family and are great for cooking with in both sweet dishes as well as savoury ones, such as chutneys.
Waitrose Greengages are £1.80, for 300g and available in Waitrose branches and Waitrose.com