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gala apples Cox apple  

Peasgood's Nonsuch                   Kent                                            Norfolk Royal                                 Pitmaston Pineapple

N.B - New Varieties (available from 2010 onwards):  Adam's Pearmain, Kidds Orange Red, Scrumptious, Winter Gem and Meridian

This orchard consisting almost entirely of English Apple varieties has been planted since 1984. Most of the varieties are old, some dating back several hundred years but to add interest we have also included a few more recent introductions. Generally there are four trees of each type, they are described in the table below. Most of the varieties are available for pick your own or ready picked from the farm shop during September and October. 
The number in the first column is marked on posts in the orchard between two trees of the same variety.
Picking Dates are shown in the third column, (A) August, (S) September (O) October.
NB. We cannot guarantee the supply of individual varieties due to weather and demand.

1 Grenadier A One of the first cooking apples available in August. It is of good quality but does not store. The tree is a useful pollinator. First known in 1860.
2 Blenheim Orange O A dual-purpose apple which can be used for cooking or dessert. It makes a big tree and is slow to come into crop. Discovered in Oxfordshire in about 1740.
3 Peasgood’s Nonsuch S/O A good cooking apple for autumn use. The fruit is golden yellow with crimson flushes. Raised from seed in Lincolnshirein about 1850.
4 Crawley Beauty O A good cooker which if picked late can keep through to April. It is about the latest flowering of all apple varieties. Found in Crawley in 1900.
5 Orleans Reinette O This one may be of French origin but it was first described in England in 1776. It is considered to be one of the finest late dessert apples – a connoisseur’s fruit with a crisp, rich flavour.
6 Lord Lambourne S/O This dessert apple ripens slightly before Cox and was a popular market variety in October and November but the acreage is now much reduced.
7 King of the Pippins S/O A very good late dessert apple which stores well. It is yellowish with a red flush and is usually russetted. Introduced in 1899.
8 Jupiter S/O A new variety of dessert apple from East Malling larger than Cox.
9 Ellison’s Orange S A large dessert apple with a characteristic aniseed flavour which must be eaten in September/October.
10 Charles Ross S This is a large dual purpose apple which ripens in September. It crops well and makes a compact tree.
11 Sunset S This dessert apple is very similar to Cox and is a good substitute where Cox is difficult to grow. It is a very attractive apple reflecting its name. Raised at Sevenoaks, Kent in 1918.
12 Tydeman’s Late Orange O This is a late eating apple which can be kept until March. It was raised in 1930 at East Malling
13 Red Ellison S This is a crimson red type of Ellison’s Orange with similar characteristics.
14 Ashmead’s Kernel O A very old variety raised in Gloucestershire in 1720. It is ripe in October and stores quite well. The flavour is excellent.
15 Chivers Delight O A good quality eating apple which is picked in October. It was raised in Cambridgeshire.
16 James Grieve S This is an early apple which is good to eat fresh from the tree but does not travel well. It is an excellent pollinator and was widely grown for this purpose. It is hardy and does well in the North.
17 Laxton’s Fortune S This ripens in September and keeps longer than Worcester Pearmain. It makes a small compact tree and crops well. Raised 1904 in Bedford.
18 Suntan S/O Bred at East Malling. This dessert apple is a good cropper with large fruit which is golden yellow with a red brown flush
19 Ribston’s Pippin S A good dessert apple which is late ripening. It was once a popular commercial variety. It is the parent of Cox’s Orange Pippin. It originated in Yorkshire from seed brought from France in 1707.
20 Norfolk Royal S A very attractive yellow apple almost completely flushed scarlet. It is crisp sweet and juicy. First noticed in 1908 and introduced in 1928.
21 Laxton Superb S/O A dessert apple which is similar to Cox but not quite such good quality. It crops well but tends to be biennial.
22 Kent O A new late variety bred at East Malling. It keeps well and is attracting increased interest. A cross between Cox and Jonathan.
23 Allington Pippin O Introduced in 1896 this dessert apple was widely grown in Kent , It has a rich aromatic flavour.
24 Winston O A late apple which stores well. Raised in 1920 in Berkshire.
25 Sturmer Pippin O A late apple which hangs on the tree until Christmas. First recorded 1847.
26 Pitmaston Pineapple S/O A small apple the size of a plum with excellent flavour.
27 Lord Derby S A traditional large cooking apple raised about 1850 in Cheshire.
28 Lanes Prince Albert O A very late cooking apple which will keep until March.
29 George Neal A/S An early dual purpose apple which has an excellent flavour when cooked. Raised in 1904 in Otford, Kent.