Modern and Commercial Apple Varieties
(see detailed descriptions below)
We grow up to 60 varieties although our main commercial supplies are Red Windsor, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Egremont Russet, Gala (September / December), Cameo, Braeburn, Fuji and Goldrush (October/December), and Bramley (August/December). We sell boxes of various sizes during October to December. See speciality apple varieties for the full list of apples grown on the farm.
Our pick-your-own season starts in early September and ends in mid October. Boxes of apples are available from our farm shop throughout October and November.
Picking and Storage advice:
Picking: pick carefully by twisting off the tree and avoid bruising.
Containers: lay the apples in wooden or cardboard trays or boxes, keeping fruit separate if possible, particularly if storing for a long period.
Store: a cool dark place is ideal. Ensure that mice cannot reach the fruit and protect from frost. Check periodically.
Apple Descriptions (see http://www.orangepippin.com/ for more information on varieties)
Braeburn: A crisp red and green apple with good flavour which will store well. Originated from New Zealand in the 1950s and now one of the world's most important commercial varieties. Picked in mid October.
Bramley: England's unique cooking apple originally raised from a cottage garden in the early 19th Century. It is available from early September and in suitable conditions can store until March. The skin will gradually yellow and become waxy but to no detriment in cooking. Sliced Bramleys can also be frozen
Cameo: A new apple picked in mid to late October which can be stored right through to April-May. Crunchy texture with excellent flavour. Originated from a chance seedling in a Red Delicious orchard in Washington State.
Cox: The classic English apple with an excellent aromatic flavour and an attractive orange-red colouring. Originated in the 19th Century as a chance seedling. Available from mid September.
Egremont Russet: A very fine Victorian dessert apple with a distinctive aromatic nutty flavour and russet colour. It is best picked in mid September and kept a few weeks before eating. In prime condition during October and November. Very popular as an accompaniment to cheese.
Fuji: Originally from Japan but now grown widely across the globe. It is very popular with good colour, a sweet flavour, and stores well.
Gala: Well known variety and available all of the year from either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. Picked in late September or early October it should keep well into the New Year. Attractive red colouring, crisp and sweet flavour.
Red Windsor: Another early apple variety which originated from Germany in the 1930s. Good size with a red/green skin and a juicy crisp flesh. Picked in late August/early September.