During autumn we see an abundance of orchard fruits from the growers at Brogdale - home of the National Fruit Collection. Their apple collection is their largest, with varieties coming from all over the world and almost every county in Britain. With 2200 varieties in their collection, the diversity is astonishing. Apples can be sweet, sharp, aromatic, crispy, juicy or soft & creamy. Our selection is constantly changing throughout the season, but below is a glimpse of what you might find on our shelves.
Raised in 1975 by Mr. Hugh Ermen, Faversham, Kent, England. Fruits are crisp and juicy with pink stained flesh. 60-70mm.
RED CHARLES ROSS
Received by the National Fruit Trials in 1948 from H. Merifield, Staines, Middlesex, England. Fruits are rather coarse-textured, juicy and sweet with a good flavour. 70-80mm.
COX’S ORANGE PIPPIN
Raised in about 1825 by Richard Cox at Colnbrook Lawn, Slough, introduced by Charles Turner in about 1850. It received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1962. Fruits are juicy and sweet with a rich, aromatic, nutty flavour. 60-70mm.
Raised on the island of Fyn, Denmark in about 1910. Fruits have firm, crisp, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a fair flavour. Cracks around the eye in some seasons. 65-75mm.
Raised in 1897 at Bedford by Laxton Bros., and introduced by them in 1922. Received an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1919 and a First Class Certificate in 1921. Fruits have firm, very juicy flesh with a sweet, pleasant and refreshing flavour. Trees tend to be subject to biennial bearing. 65-75mm.
Originally found growing in Cornwall. It was brought to notice in 1813 but thought to be many centuries old. Fruits have firm, rather dry flesh with a rich, aromatic flavour.
James Grieve x Golden Delicious. Bred EMR starting in 1965. Red clone was discovered in 1983 a natural mutation. Excellent flavoured apple with a good balance of sweet/acid. Received RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2014. 60-70mm.
Raised at Hausen on the Zaber, Wurttemberg, Germany from seed sown in 1885. Fruits have firm, moderately fine-textured, fairly juicy flesh with a rich, nutty flavour. 60-70mm.