On Valentine’s Day, I received an unexpected delivery: a gorgeous red box full of peaches, plums and nectarines.
It put a big smile on my face, I was a lovely surprise and very healthy too!
South Africa’s diverse landscapes are not only stunning to admire and explore but also produce some of the world’s most delicious, best quality fruit.
The amazing combination of Mediterranean climate, steep hillsides, excellent soils and over 100 years of experience has helped make the South African fruit industry so successful.
South African growers are committed to producing ethical, safe, and environmentally friendly produce in order to keep their country beautiful and to ensure the best quality fruit is produced.
Beautiful Country, Beautiful Fruit is all about South African stone fruit: plums, peaches and nectarines are in season during the UK winter.
As soon as little man got home from nursery, he spotted the beautiful box and couldn’t wait to see what was inside it.
By the time I saw, he was already trying a plum. It was eaten within minutes and he tried a nectarine next.
He kept saying that they were “sweet and juicy”.
South African peaches and nectarines are mainly grown in the Western Cape.
The sheltered valleys between mountains are ideal for the cultivation of fruit such as plums, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears.
South African peaches and nectarines are available from December to February in all major UK retailers.
Growers in South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape cultivate a wide range of delicious red, purple and yellow plums, offering you a wide range of flavours, textures and colours.
South African plums are available in all major UK retailers from January to March.
The next morning, I took a plum to work to add to my breakfast.
I sliced the plum and added to my porridge with a pinch of cinnamon. It was a lovely breakfast, the plum gave a fruity taste to it!
I wanted to make the most of the lovely South African fruits, so I also used them to make a pancake filling. It was very tasty and healthy!
As the peaches were very sweet, I didn’t need to add any sugar to the recipe, making it a perfect breakfast.
Peach Compote Recipe:
- 2 peaches
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of raisins
Slice the peaches in small squares and heat up the peaches, cinnamon and raisins in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add a few tablespoons of water to the mixture so it doesn’t burn.
Once the peaches are soft and a thick sauce has been created, take off the heat.
Peach Compote is best served warm with freshly cooked sweet pancakes, enjoy!
I have also made the same recipe again, but added a little twist: spicy mango chutney. It was very tasty!
I enjoyed the Peach & Mango Compote with a homemade rice pudding for a creamy and fruity dessert.
Spiced Rice Pudding Recipe (serves 4)
- 1 cup of pudding rice
- 5 cups of milk
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon of cloves (around 10-12)
1 tablespoon of Geeta’s Premium Mango Chutney
Pour in 2 cups of milk and the pudding rice in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add the ground cinnamon, cinnamon stick and cloves, and stir.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir it every few minutes.
Add the remaining milk, one cup at the time, as needed.
Once the rice is soft and the mixture is thick, remove from the heat and stir in the mango chutney.
Best served warm with a dollop of mango chutney or peach & mango compote.
As you may have noticed, no sugar was added to any of the recipes above as South African stone fruits are very sweet and tasty!