Festive Apple Traditions

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Chestnuts, walnuts, dates and clementines are fruit and nuts traditionally associated with festive cheer.  But the apple has also had its part to play in Christmas celebrations.  In fact, the apple may have been the inspiration for a popular Christmas decoration. Continue reading

What to do with Windfalls

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The high winds that battered the British Isles last week will have dislodged most of the apples that  were still lingering on the trees.  If you have had your fill of apple pie and crumble for the year; your cupboards are groaning with jars of home-made chutney; and your friends and neighbours are politely turning down your offers of free apples you may be wondering what to do with this latest haul of windfalls.

Dried apples are a good way to use up excess apples and are easy to produce. They make a great snack for children as well as adults and work well with any variety of apple.  At Orchard Origins we use a food dehydrator to make them but a domestic oven works just as well.  Continue reading