Spur Bearing and Tip Bearing Fruit Trees

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Apple trees bear fruit in different ways. Where on the branch the fruit is produced, determines how the tree should be pruned.  The cropping habit of different apple cultivars falls into three main categories:

  • spur bearing
  • tip bearing
  • partial tip bearing

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Apple Chutney

The Orchard Origins’ kitchen has been filled this week with the deliciously sweet/sharp, spicy aroma of apple chutney bubbling gently on the stove.  As the autumn nights start to draw in there is something very comforting about making chutney – the culinary equivalent of a warm hug.   Continue reading

5 Ways To Tell If Your Apples Are Ready To Pick

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It was with a huge sigh of relief that last week we were able to start harvesting our first apples of 2013. We picked six crates of delicious James Grieve, an old variety which when picked early can be used for cooking.  Once it has been stored it will mellow in flavour and can be eaten as a dessert apple.

The run up to Christmas is one of our main selling seasons and we have been anxious to get on with the preparation of this year’s chutneys, jams and juices ready for the Flavours of Herefordshire Festival at the beginning of November.

So how do you know when your apples are at the right stage for picking?  Here are five simple methods.  Continue reading