REVIEW: Abel & Cole Medium Magnificent Mixed Box

Abel and Cole offer a huge range of organic subscription boxes; their fruit and vegetable boxes are a cornerstone of their offerings. We were fortunate enough to be sent a medium fruit and veg box to try out. One of the key issues with subscription boxes is the quality of delivery, and this can’t be faulted. The box even came wrapped in plastic, so it could be left safely, whatever the weather. I like the fact that the drivers won’t knock before 8.30am, even if the delivery is much earlier – very thoughtful. The box is sturdy and Abel and Cole will collect next time and reuse. All the packaging used within the box is recyclable; packaging is only used when necessary, for instance, the tomatoes were in a container and the kale bagged.


We received tomatoes, kale, onions, Nicola potatoes, carrots, chilli pepper, bananas, oranges and pears. All the produce was in perfect condition and, in the case of the pears and bananas, were just prior to perfect ripeness. All the produce is organic, so that means it is super tasty and you can rest assured you are not getting lots of chemicals with your 5 a day. Our first meal, which you can see here, was kale with spring rolls – very tasty.

Talking of which, having a regular delivery of fruit and veg like this is perfect for families, to help them reach that target. Food miles are also taken into account – and you can even opt for an all-British box. A practical booklet was included which gives useful tips (I learnt to keep carrots in water in the fridge) and explains the ranges available.

Abel and Cole promise:

  • We’ll bring you the best seasonal, ethical and organic (or wild) produce around, from the fresh fruit and veg we’re famous for, to small scale dairy, artisanal bread, MCS certified fish and so much more.
  • We carefully source each and every last bite.
  • We’ll deliver to your door each week, with recyclable and returnable packaging.
  • You can pause or stop at any time, you’re not tied in.

Did they live up to their promises? Yes, in every respect. One of the best points is the flexibility of their offering – you can mix and match, omit selected items or skip a week. They offer recipe boxes, meat and fish boxes, groceries, fruit and veg boxes, meal kits and juicing and smoothie boxes – a really useful range. The quality is excellent and the variety of boxes, along with the flexibility, make for a really impressive offering – and it’s such fun to receive a box, not know exactly what you are getting, and then to try out something different. Highly recommended. Take a look at the whole superb range and order your box at Abel and Cole.

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