If you know me, you will know that my reviews are detailed, honest and the type of review I would like to see if I was deciding whether or not to go for something. You may like to scroll down a bit to see the photos and a quick review of each of the foods in my fruit & veg box you came here to see.
I would recommend reading my 1st Able & Cole Fruit & Veg Box Review as I gave a little more detail about my experience of ordering from A & C from a new customer point of view, which you may find useful. You can read that post here.
My 9th Abel & Cole box looked like this:
Most of the items were loose or in a card box, with the exception of the spinach being in a plastic bag. They still keep sending things that come in a brown bag with an unnecessary green plastic sticker – which is so annoying – A & C take note!
What was in my box?
Organic English Redcurrants
I don’t think I have ever had redcurrants before, I thought I should try them. They came in a cardboard box and a brown paper bag with a green plastic sticker I detest (they are so unnecessary). Some of the currents has unfortunately been squashed on its journey and there was a couple that looked iffy and would be going in the bin, but it was less than 10% of the currents that were unsalvageable and this is an inevitable thing to happen to softer and more vulnerable fruits, so it didn’t bother me too much. I haven’t tried them yet, but when I do, I will let you know how I got on.
These 6 bananas were in great condition and a decent size too. I look forward to tucking into those. I find that 5-6 bananas a week is just enough – not too little that I need to get some more mid-week and not too many that I don’t have enough time to eat them all before they go off.
Organic White Onions
I was impressed with the quality of the onions, none of them had any problems. Just so you are aware, I picked two lots of onions (swapped something in the box for some more onions) as I was really low on onions. There are two ‘portions’ of onions here, so each portion is about 5 onions. I love onions from A & C and have bought them many times in the boxes and individually.
These apples were much bigger than I was expecting. I have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to apples from A & C as they are not consistent – and not necessarily in a bad way – it can be nice to get a different variety (almost like a surprise each time) each week. I haven’t tried them yet but they look very juicy and crunchy. None of them have any bruises which is good as I am very particular about bruises on my apples for some reason. And they were a lovely bright shiny red colour which is always a bonus as it adds to the aesthetic in my opinion (reds my fave colour).
Organic Flat Peaches
I have never had flat peaches before and to tell you the truth, when I was ordering them I didn’t realise they were ‘flat’. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have ordered them because I have been brought up in a society that discriminates against food that is less than perfect. So, I am glad that I ordered them by ‘mistake’ so that I had a chance to try them out. They may not look so pretty, but they are tasty and just like ordinary peaches, so nothing to be afraid of. There were a couple that had an iffy section on them that I had to cut off, but aside from that they were fine and every now and again I will be ordering them again.
This is the first time I have ordered spinach from A & C, so I will let you know how I got on. First of all the leaves are massive but I am sure they will condense down a lot when steamed. The only negative so far is the plastic it was contained in, but I do know that some things don’t have a good enough alternative to plastic yet that allows the produce to stay fresh, hydrated and protected.
This is the first time for me ordering sweetcorn from A & C too. I don’t think I have ever bought sweetcorn as it is with no processing but it was fun to see it in its natural form – like in the good ol’ days. I am excited to try these with butter on with fish and potatoes.
I was happy to see that the potatoes came loose and not in a paper bag like they usually do – i have nothing against paper bags as they are better than plastic, but if something can survive just fine without being in a paper bag, why add to the demand by using one unnecessarily?! The potatoes were lovely as usual. no bruises and covered in mud to help preserve the veg and vitamins and minerals it contains. It only takes a few seconds per potato to wash the mud off. I typically use these potatoes boiled (with organic butter on) as a side for oven cooked fish and vegetables – delicious and simple. Definitely recommend you give these beauties a try. You will not be disappointed – they taste way better than non-organic potatoes. Just look at the cuties – making me hungry.
Everything in my organic box in photos
Before I go, just in case you were wondering, everything cost me £18.50 in total. Here is the breakdown of what they cost on their own.
- Small Magnificent Mixed Box, Organic – £14.25
- Fairtrade Bananas
- White Onions (2 lots)
- Flat Peaches
- Organic English Redcurrants (125g) – £3
- Delivery charge – £1.25
I hope you have enjoyed this review of my 9th organic fruit and veg box from Able & Cole and found it has helped you decide whether you would like to try an A & C box. I would say go for it.
When I get round to reviewing my other boxes, I will leave the links to them here. So stay tuned for that.
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