The My Exotic Fruit blog!

We thought there’s no better place to start than to introduce you all to our business, talk about how we began

and explain what we do.

Welcome to A Fruit Enthusiast's Diary.

A series by our

founder, Colin


Some of our customers have asked us what goes on behind the scenes at a

UK-based exotic fruit company and the work that's involved to get weird and wonderful fruits to people's doors. Have you ever wondered the same?


The Fat Duck

Although Colin always loves to share his passion for, and knowledge of, unusual rare fruits, being brought in as an expert speaker to what was once voted the best restaurant in the world was an unparalleled honour.

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

March 2024

10. Strawberry – Florida Pearl

I was immediately struck by the colour: instead of the bright red we usually associate with strawberries, these strawberries have an attractive, creamy-white exterior.

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

March 2024

9. Apple – Goldrush

As soon as I took a bite of these crisp fruits, I was amazed by the rush of intense, sweet flavour these apples provide!

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

March 2024

8. Spring onion – Cipolla Rossa di Tropea Calabria

These thick, firm vegetables stand out from the crowd due to the fantastic purple colour of their bulbs and their rich onion aroma.

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

March 2024

7. Tomato – Antociano ribbed tomato

These firm, medium-sized tomatoes have an intriguing shape (somewhat resembling beef tomatoes) and are notably heavy for their size.

We firmly believe that our shop will be the best fruit and vegetable shop in Essex

March 2024

My Exotic Fruit founder and managing director Colin was interviewed by the Southend Echo about his new fruit and vegetable shop opening in 2024!

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

March 2024

6. Tomato – Pomodoro a grappolo

The taste is far superior to that of a supermarket-bought tomato: the soft flesh has a bright, delicate flavour and a subtle bite.

Navel Chocolate orange

hits the sweet spot

February 2024

My Exotic Fruit founder and managing director, Colin, was interviewed by Maura Maxwell (@maurafruitnet on Twitter/X)

at Fruitnet.

We were chosen by Chelmsford City Council to feature in their

business e-newsletter.

February 2024

This edition spotlighted Essex food businesses. We were featured alongside three other brilliant local businesses.

A taste to die for

January 2023

In January 2023, My Exotic Fruit

founder Colin was asked to contribute to a newspaper article about one of the most renowned exotic fruits: Durian

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

October 2022

5. Serving exotic fruit drinks at

Nestlé’s Product Technology Centre

Join me as we go on the road in the UK for an outing to the Nestlé Confectionery Product Technology Centre in York with the My Exotic Fruit bar.

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

August 2022

4. Pick your own organic blueberries in Exmoor

A spontaneous activity after spotting a roadside sign advertising ‘PYO Blueberries in a rural setting with spectacular views’ on a weekend trip to Lynton in Devon.

Fruity facts with Kay – 

The history of the banana

June 2022


Bananas, the staple tropical fruit found in almost every household but how did they come to be such a favourite?

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

April 2022

3. Breadfruit simply fried in coconut oil

Enough for 3 servings.


A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

April 2022

2. Celina Pear

A small pear with gorgeous yellow and red soft peel.

A Fruit Enthusiast’s Diary

April 2022

1. Chantecler Apple

A medium to large size apple with yellow/green, semi rough peel.

Three exotic fruits you need

in your life!

January 2022

We all know that age-old adage: an apple a day to keep the doctor away.

But staying healthy on the same familiar fruits found in your local supermarket can get a little boring.