Discover the Perfect English Apple Variety
Indulge your taste buds with the perfect English Apple, whether you crave the warm sweetness of a baked apple, the crumbly texture of a crumble, or the crisp fresness straight off the tree.
You can really taste the difference with every variety of English Apple, each bursting with its own unique and tantalizing flavour
While there are thousands of varieties of Apples around the world and about 2,500 English varieties, supermarkets tend to stock a limited amount.
Apples are versatile and used in cider-making, preserving, baking apple pies and crumbles and tarts.
Local Apple Varieties
Gala, Braeburn and Bramley apples are probably the most well-known varieties of apples but with so many other varieties with flavours, textures, colours and shapes that range from sharp to sweet, from richly aromatic to nutty, from crisp to juicy.
With names of local varieties, including Dumelow’s Seedling, Cornish Aromatic and Lord Lambourne to the Worcester Pearmain, Pig’s Nose Pippin, Golden Noble and Dr Harvey – There are lots to try.
For eating, cooking, juicing and cider there is the perfect English apple variety to choose from.
Look out for smaller growers at farmers’ markets and farm shops, selling unusual and heritage varieties. Many regions also produce locally grown apple juice and ciders.
Fresh local apples.
Eat English Apples – they are delicious! The next time you are buying apples, look out for unusual and heritage varieties.
Delicious English dessert apples range in flavour from sweet and juicy to tart and crisp.
Traditional cooking apples tend to be larger, green in colour, with a slightly sour and bitter taste when eaten raw.
They are used for making tarts, pies and fillings as they stay firm and hold their shape when cooking. Cooking apples will generally keep well.
When are English Apples in Season?
Some apple varieties can be picked as cooking apples early in the season. Then, they become sweeter and eaten as a dessert apple from October to December.
The apple picking season signals the end of the British Summer when preparations for Harvest begin. Early varieties can be picked generally from August, late September and October is the main apple harvesting time in Britain.
The apple is Britain’s national fruit and is botanically a member of the rose family.
The National Fruit Collection
Some apple varieties can be picked as cooking apples early in the Brogdale near Faversham in Kent is the home of the National Fruit Collection. Brogdale has over 4000 varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries, as well as soft fruit.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the beautiful orchards and learn more about the history of the collection. They also offer a handy fruit identification service if you have an unusual apple variety from your garden.
The market town of Tenbury in Worcestershire on the river Teme is famous for Apples. The town was known as “the town in the orchard” due to the large numbers of fruit orchards of apple trees and also pears, quince and plum trees.
Today in celebration of this traditional fruit is the Tenbury Applefest, held every year on the first Saturday in October. The event is also a great opportunity to buy unique items from local crafts people in the shopping village.
Apple Day is Celebrated on the 21st October
Apple Day is a National event created by Common Ground in 1989 to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of preserving traditional apple varieties, traditional landscapes and the countryside.
An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor away!
For eating, cooking, juicing and cider there is the perfect English apple variety to choose from. Look out for smaller growers at farmers’ markets and farm shops, selling unusual and heritage varieties. Many regions also produce locally grown apple juice and ciders.
Enjoy home grown apples by planting your own fruit trees.
Nothing beats biting into an apple picked from your own tree.
Where to buy English Apple trees – Delivered to your door
Need a gift for an Apple lover?
Have a look at this lovely coffee table book – Heritage Apples by Caroline Ball published by the Bodleian Library.
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Find regionally made products by independent businesses offering a unique range of goods. Every part of the country has it’s own regional speciality and traditional crafts.
With names of local varieties, including Dumelow’s Seedling, Cornish Aromatic and Lord Lambourne to the Worcester Pearmain, Pig’s Nose Pippin and Dr Harvey – There are lots to try.
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The charming seaside town of Whitstable, on the Kent coast has been famous for it’s oysters for centuries. Oysters are available all year, but best enjoyed when the weather is colder.