John Paynter's Yummy Fruit Company was one of the victims of the freak hail storm that hit Hawke's Bay in early October. His nectarines were among the pipfruit that was damaged, really becoming unmarketable. Now, however, the orchardist is looking to make the most out of a bad situation, selling his hail-damaged nectarines.
Hail and rain ravaged the region and was said to be the worst hail to hit Hawke's Bay in more than 20 years, leaving piles of hail throughout Napier and Hastings. Paynter said although his fruit was a little bruised and battered he didn't want to see food go to waste. "In all my time as a fruit grower, it was the worst hail storm I can remember this early in the season. While some of our fruitlets got through without a scratch, most weren't so lucky and have grown up to be a bit battle-scarred. Here at Yummy we hate to see good fruit go to waste, and our stone fruit is still as delicious as ever under the skin. So we're introducing you to our very own Hailstone Heroes."
He said that globally one-third of all food is wasted, with research showing in 2017 New Zealanders wasted $1.8 billion worth of food each week and he didn't want to add to that number.
"Just like people fruit comes in all shapes and sizes and despite being perfectly edible most strange looking produce is discarded or avoided," Paynter said. "They've literally weathered the storm and grown up full of our usual Yummy flavour and nutrients."
The Hailstone Heroes will be sold at participating New World, Pak'nSave and Four Square supermarkets nationwide.