Nothing says, ‘England’ to me like an early Apple harvest. The fresh taste of cold, sweet but a little tart, Apples is the taste of Autumn in our garden. My espalier Apple tree is now on its fourth tier and this year it has produced 33 good-sized eating Apples (last year we had 17).
It’s a Queen Cox, a self-fertile tree that does well in our damp climate. The taste is sweet, but not too sweet, with just the hint of a tang on the green side of the Apple. It’s perfect. If I had the room I would have a garden full of Apple trees, trained as espaliers, and cordons and over arches (because I like the challenge of training them). But sadly I don’t have the space.
One day (yes one day) I will have an orchard. And just like they do at Granchester I will sit on deck-chairs and have afternoon tea from delicate china. Until then I’m happy with my one Apple tree. But that doesn’t stop me wanting to go to the myriad of Apple Day’s coming up and tasting as many single different varieties as will fit in my mouth.
Here is a brilliant list of Apple Days in the UK
And there are quite a few popping up on the UK Veg Gardeners network too.
Once I’ve eaten all my own fruit I’m tempted to buy a selection box of heritage varieties, just so I can savour the different tastes.