FRUIT lovers have been told size does not matter as mini apples are set to fill the shelves in shops this winter.
A dry summer of weer affected growth but experts claims the apples will be tastier as a result.
Months of scorching hot weather and a lack of rain brought the growing season forward by a week earlier than usual – leaving the fruit smaller in size as a consequence.
The trade organisation, British Apples & Pears (BAP), said the earlier season arrival meant there was an upside to it as a “particularly flavoursome” crop was delivered by farmers.
The supermarket chain said it was vital to support the industry.
Sinead Bell from Co-op said: “Co-op continually works closely with its farmers and growers to ensure that great-tasting fresh produce does not go to waste.
“Shoppers can all too often be put off by fresh produce that is a different size, colour or shape than they are used to.”
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Ms Bell added: “But our farmers are facing challenges, and we all must work together to ensure that delicious great-tasting seasonal fresh produce ends up on our table.”