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English Apple Season

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September 30, 2014 / English / By
Rachael

 

 

Autumn is the peak season for English apples and a range of celebrations across the country. At one time there were hundreds of different species of English apple, many growing in specific regions of the country with delightful names such as Ashmead’s Kernel, Tom Putt, or Beauty of Bath. During World War two many orchards were ploughed over to provide more crops and a lot of species were lost forever. In recent years there has been a revival of traditional English apples with many orchards restoring those once forgotten species. Today, many horticulturalists sell rarer apple trees as well as the more common varieties.

Popular English Apples

Go to any greengrocer in autumn and there is usually a wide range of English apples on sale. One of the most popular English varieties is the Cox’s Orange Pippin. Another is the drier Russet apple which is a golden colour. English Discovery apples appear early in the season and are sweet varieties. Worcester Pearmans come from the orchards of rural Worcestershire and are seen on many a market stall. For cooking one of the best varieties is the English Bramley, a large green apple which is sharp in taste.

Uses of the apples

Apart from eating apples as a snack there are a number of other ways in which they are used. One of the most popular is juicing and bottling the fresh juice. Cider is produced in many parts of the West of England and is a tasty alcoholic drink made from apples. This varies from large production sites to craft cider presses. Apples are also used in chutney making and combined with other fruits and vegetables. In Dorset the apple cake is a specialty of the county and is made with apples and served warm with cream.

Apple celebrations

Around the first week of October many areas in England hold traditional apple days. These celebrate the harvest and have all kinds of apple themed food, displays of the varieties and even an apple press making juice. Some villages have a community orchard where locals can pick whatever fruit they need and these are often a focus for an apple themed celebration. Larger towns at the centre of the fruit picking industry such as Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire do have Apple Days each year as a big celebration in town. Another apple themed celebration is Wasailing which happens later in the year when locals come to the orchards and sing to the trees This is common in parts of Somerset and is part of the agricultural way of life for many villages.

Next time you see English apples in the shops take time to look at the variety and see whether it is one of the rarer types of apple being resurrected. You may be about to taste a Cornish Gillyflower or May Queen, just one of the many old English apples being restored and increasingly more popular as people look for something a little different to grow.

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