A Quick Guide To Pollination

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The apple trees are coming into blossom.  For orchard owners it can be a nerve-wracking time.  Apple trees only produce fruit if they have been properly pollinated.  Good weather is an important factor. Late frosts and high winds can  damage the blossom.  Most fruit trees are pollinated by insects, in particular bees and hoverflies. Bees tend not to venture out if it’s too cold, too windy or too wet.

But don’t despair, although poor weather can be a problem, it only requires two or three warm days while the tree is in blossom for the insects to start foraging and for  pollination to take place. Continue reading

Ready To Pick v Ripe To Eat

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An orchard owner, whose apples we use for juicing, was perplexed as to why Orchard Origins’ apple juice tasted so much better than his own.  The apples, after all, were  the same variety; picked at roughly the same time and from the same orchard.  The answer was simple. He had pressed his apples the day after picking whereas Orchard Origins had stored the apples until January to allow the flavour to develop and as a result produced a far superior juice. Continue reading

Mulled Apple Juice

IMG_0613Hot mulled apple juice is a delicious non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine and equally warm and comforting on a cold autumnal night.  At Orchard Origins we have been working on creating an apple juice blend that will be perfect for mulling. It will go on sale in December in time for the festive season. To create our Dormington Blend we set up the portable apple press in the orchard and took samples of juice from different apple varieties.  Continue reading