Apples Old, Apples New




Gala  is now the biggest selling apple variety in the UK and over the next few years production is expected to increase by another 40 per cent. With its sweet flavour and attractive, sunset-red stripes, it is perhaps easy to see why it is so popular.  Gala, like the equally ubiquitous Braeburn, is an apple of New Zealand origin.  They both  became popular  in the 1990s due to their availability in the UK’s off-season. Trial orchards of these antipodean apples were planted and the effect has been a revival of the English apple industry with figures from 2011 showing 39 per cent apples sold here were grown here. This is good news for apple growers, but many people mourn the lack of traditional British apples on our supermarket shelves.

Raymond Blanc, the two michelin starred chef,  believes that it is our addiciton to sugar that has led to the popularity of these New Zealand varieties. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph in 2014, he suggested that consumers confuse sweetness with flavour. In his view,  the best tasting apples, such as the Cox’s Orange Pippin,  have a complex flavour that combine a mix of sweet, sour, acid and bitter. So, this is our guide to a few apples that  sadly aren’t available in our supermarkets but which we at Orchard Origins think are delicious. Continue reading

10 Tips For Successful Apple Storage


The apple harvest has begun in earnest.  At Orchard Origins, we pick on a Friday and then juice and bottle the following week. Some apple varieties will be stored for a few weeks before juicing to allow the flavour to develop fully.

If you have had a bounty of apples this year and are not planning to juice them, you are probably wondering how you can prevent your harvest from spoiling. One of the great benefits of apples over other orchard fruits is that stored correctly they can still be enjoyed well into the New Year. We are often asked about storing apples, so we felt it was worth re-posting this blog from last year. Here are our 10 tips for successful apple storage.

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The Trouble With Triploids

IMG_1613 The Bramley crops well, but the other apple tree never produces a thing. This is not an uncommon complaint.  It’s usually the tree that has failed to fruit that is identified as the ‘problem’. In fact, the ‘culprit’ will almost certainly be the Bramley. Bramley’s Seedling is triploid. The trouble with triploids is they have no viable pollen and cannot be used to pollinate other apple trees.   Continue reading

Tips for Storing Apples

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One of the great benefits of apples over other orchard fruits is that stored correctly they can still be enjoyed well into the New Year.  Not all apples are suitable for storage, however, as we discussed in the blog When are Apples Ready to Eat. Early varieties should be eaten as soon as they have been picked. In general, it is the late season apples that will store most successfully such as Braeburn and Granny Smiths.

Here are 10 tips for successful storage. Continue reading