The Apple Display

The national apple collection at Brogdale in Kent grows over 2000 apple varieties. We aim to display around 100 varieties of the commoner apples. The fruit is kindly donated by Alec West and Pat Watson from their walled garden in Leitholm. You can simply marvel at the display or use it to try to identity apples that you grow but don’t know the name of.

But why are there so many varieties? Apples have been bred for hundreds of years and selected for particular traits. Not just taste, but also cooking characteristics and harvest time.

For example, an apple that is suitable for eating will not be the best for juicing or cider. A cooker may work for a pie but not for a baked apple.

The origins of many apple varieties have interesting historical backgrounds……

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