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Apples

The Apples, Pears and Plums are grown on our farm and harvested by a small team of family and local pickers. None of this fruit travels for more than a mile from the tree to our shop. We are in total charge of our supply chain, determining when our fruit is ready based solely on taste, texture and colour. The only thing we can’t control is the weather!

Our fabulous range of both traditional and modern varieties are rarely found together elsewhere and we pride ourselves on our knowledge of our produce. We may not offer your usual supermarket variety but we can suggest  numerous alternatives. You could find several new favourites grown close to home; we can see the villages of Willingham, Over and Longstanton and also Northstowe town from our picking steps and we can watch as the guided bus passes by just a few minutes walk away.

The best recommendation we have is customers returning again and again because everything tastes so good. Maybe your fussy eater could find something to love.

Our Apple season runs from late July to end of May (45 varieties)

Vista Bella
Vista Bella
Our first apple of the year. Beautiful crimson- green skin. Fresh tasted and crisp off the tree but like all early fruit doesn’t keep well. A welcome start to the season. From mid or late July.
Discovery
Discovery

Well known early apple. Light green with bright red flush. Sweet with flesh turning pink. Ready late July to early August.

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Rosette

Similar to Discovery with a pink rosette pattern in the centre. Newly planted for 2023.

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Grenadier

An early cooker. Doesn’t achieve the size of later Bramley but perfectly timed for those Blackberry & Apple pies. Early August.

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Katy

Red skinned early apple popular with those who enjoy a fresher tasted firm apple. Another really good juicing variety. Early August.

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Tydemans Worcester

A traditional early. Not too sweet. Great flavour. Mid August.

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Worcester Pearmain

A traditional favourite that can be kept for several months. Quite sweet with some hints of strawberry. Mid August.

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Fortune

An old variety commonly grown in this area. An unassuming exterior of green skin with brown stripes. Flavour is sweet and well balanced. Mid to late August.

Robyn
Robyn

A new variety reminiscent of the later season Jonagold and Gala. Good eater. Late August

Lord Lambourne

Another commonly grown variety. Many acres were planted on our farm during the peak of British fruit growing and this apple brings back memories for many. A fairly muted reddish-brown and  green but has great balance of flavour and texture. Late August

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James Grieve

A multi-purpose apple. Tends to be used as a cooker early in the season. Eaten fresh when mellowed. Late August

Howgate Wonder
Howgate Wonder

The ultimate baking apple. These are very large fresh tasted apples. Early September.

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Festival

Pretty green skinned apple with red stripes. Fresh acidic flavour with a little sweetness and firm crisp flesh. Early September.

Delbard Estivale
Delbard Estivale

One of our most popular apples. This has it all. The looks, texture, flavour and juice. Eagerly awaited from early September this is a must try. A serious challenger to your supermarket favourite.

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Greensleeves

The first green skinned apple of the season. Sweet, firm flesh with a little refreshing acidity.

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Red Devil

This one can bite back. Bright red skin with pink tinged flesh and very firm flesh. Not as sweet as it looks. Mid September.

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Honeycrisp

The name says it all. A very large, very honey sweet apple with lots of crispness and juice. Mid September.

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Red Windsor

The perfect apple for those waiting for Cox to ripen. Complex flavour but ready up to a month before Cox.

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Thodays Quarranden

Originated with the Thoday family of Willingham. A green apple with dull red brown patches. Good flavour. Mid September.

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Egremont Russet

Popular apple that is slightly nutty in flavour and texture straight off the tree. Matures to a sweet pear type texture and flavour. Mid September.

Royal Gala

Recognised now as a supermarket variety  available all year round . When picked and eaten in season Royal Gala is sweet with an almost floral scent and lots of crispness. Available mid September to late April.

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Bramley

Well known cooking apple. Available mid September until end of February.

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Spartan

The Snow White apple. Crimson skin and bright white, crisp, sweet flesh. This is a perennial favourite amongst our customers.

Rubens

This is not a stand-out looker of an apple but the flavour and texture are superb. Late September.

Cox
Cox

Hard and acidic when picked straight from the tree in mid September. Matures to offer sweet, complex flavour towards Christmas.

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Chivers Delight

A traditional local variety. Newly planted for 2023.

Arthur Turner
Arthur Turner

Traditional brown green skinned cooking apple that makes an outstanding pressed juice. Late September.

Tydemans Late Orange
Tydemans Late Orange

Firm and very tart with cox like appearance. Late September.

Jonagold
Jonagold

Large sweet red striped eating apple. Crisp and juicy. Also good as a sweet cooker with flesh that behaves just like Bramley.

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Queen of the Realm (TM)

Newly planted for 2023. We wait to see.

Tentation
Tentation

This is a firm green skinned fruit that develops an amazing pink blush with the right weather conditions in late September. A beautiful apple in terms of flavour and texture. Early October.

Fuji
Fuji

Incredibly sweet red skinned apple. Very juicy. Can develop water core that is highly prized in native Japan. Early October.

Golden Delicious
Golden Delicious

This is a superb apple and ticks all the boxes of flavour, texture and juiciness. Much maligned because of commercialisation for supermarkets. In the right conditions this apple shines gold with a pink blush. It is a parent of some of todays most popular varieties. Early October.

Pinova
Pinova

An unusual apple with a hint of Strawberry. Early October.

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King of the Pippins

Multi-purpose apple recommended for juicing and cider making as well as eating fresh. Complex tannic flavour. Tends to be small. Early October.

Bloody Ploughman
Bloody Ploughman

Stunning red-black skin with blood red flesh. Quite tart when eaten fresh. Mid October.

Red Delicious
Red Delicious

Purple-black slightly tannic skin. White-green sweet flesh. A stunning apple to look at and perfect for brightening Winter days. Mid October.

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Ashmeads Kernel

This looks a lot like a Cox. The flesh is slightly crisper and sharper. This has been a popular addition to our apple varieties. Makes great pressed juice too. Late October.

D'Arcy Spice
D'Arcy Spice

Heritage apple with slight heat and flavour of nutmeg. Looks very much like a Russet. Best stored for a while after picking. Available from November.

Christmas Pippin
Christmas Pippin

A relatively new variety combining sweetness with more complex flavour. Has a crisp, juicy texture. Similar looks to Cox.

Braeburn
Braeburn

Now commonly available. Incredibly popular sharp-fresh, firm flesh. Stores very well and takes our apple season through to mid Summer. Available from mid October.

Crispin
Crispin

Large green apple. Fresh-sweet tasted straight off the tree. Matures to a honey flavour. Good keeper through until April. Available from November.

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Winter Gem

Newly planted for 2023. We wait to see.

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