There was once this time when melons were only grown in the Mediterranean but now there are fresh melons straight from the English fields. Many cantaloupes and galias are about to be delivered to well-known supermarkets by Kent and Staffordshire farmers. The polytunnels that they used to grow strawberries this year are what they are using for the melons.
Ninety percent of melons imported to England from other European countries like Spain are taken from the field before ripening then chemically treated. The chemical treatment is essential so as to ensure that the melons are not spoilt during transit. Melons grown in the UK don’t have to undergo that treatment since they are usually ripe when picked and delivered to the shops in a matter of days.
The suggestion that one gets from the fact that UK melons are gotten straight from the firm and not treated chemically is that they are healthy and tasty. Big names in the retail industry see this as a win-win situation for all parties. Customers love good fruit and farmers have a use for idle land that has just grown strawberries.
Bill Davies, an M&S fruit expert, believes in this situation too. Some companies like Newmafruit are harvesting five thousand cantaloupes this year and they will only sell them through cooperative stores. One can simply conclude like Tony Frankham that everything is successful and the melons are looking really fantastic.
The growing of warm climate crops in Britain is viewed as evidence of improvements in the techniques used in farming and there is climate change. There are great grapes growing on the chalk slopes in southern Britain while sweet corn is prevalent in Yorkshire. Instead of apricots being grown in France, five tons of the same from Britain are expected by M&S.
Newmafruit manages an orchard of one thousand three hundred acres and it does warehousing, fruit production plus packing and storage. The same company handles more than sixty thousand tons of fruit annually most of it being apple varieties, pears, cherries, soft fruit and plums.