Scrumptious English Apples.
The English apple season has begun and there are many delights to be had. Rediscover English apple varieties this autumn, look out for smaller growers at farmers’ markets and farm shops.
September will see the arrival of the Worcester Pearmain, a small, sweet apple with a deep crimson flush that is perfect for eating with cheese. At the end of the month comes the venerable Blenheim Orange, an aristocrat among apples, first named and recorded in 1740; fat, with a dull but orange-tinged skin and a nutty taste. It is similar to the smaller Cox’s Orange Pippin,one of Britain’s favourite apple, along with English Gala and Braeburn. Let
, waxy-skinned cooking apples, such as Bramley’s Seedlings, one of the oldest named English varieties still commercially grown today, and the Egremont Russet, which makes particularly sweet apple juice, both available in October.
According to the Produce Marketing Association, Britain imports more than 476,000 tonnes of apples, but only export 14,800 tonnes (3%) of our own. Over the past two decades, the UK has become increasingly reliant on imports, with a self-sufficiency rate of just 11% in fruit. Without a real shift in buying behaviour, there is a risk that the UK’s apple industry will die out completely.
The message is clear… Buy BRITISH apples if you want to ensure their survival! 🍎🍏