This week there will be a little apple celebration here, one way or the other, to mark Apple Day on 21st October. We started off at the Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collection, at their Apple Festival - and this is my modest attempt to mimic their fabulous apple display with the ones we bought while we were there. Even before we tried the cider, there was a point when we were sampling so many different varieties that I wondered whether we would end up like the inebriated horse, drunk on fermented apples. I kept my senses enough to make a note of the apples we finally bought - from bottom to top: Sunrise, Norfolk Royal, Blue Pearmain, Aromatic Russet, Queen Cox and Ball's Pippin.
The sheer variety of apples is overwhelming - and the shapes, colours and tastes inspiring. While the info on the NFC website is good, what it doesn't give you is the collective beauty of the apples. These Sunrise, for example, do a pretty good impression of the real thing.
For prettiness, my vote went to the Blue Pearmains with their apply dapply skins
It was the Norfolk Royal though that won me over for its taste and lovely russety colours, slightly reminscent of a drunken bloom.
There will be more appleliciousness during the week. Oh yeah, and I have a copy of the Apple Source Book (say it out loud) to give away. I've been dipping into my copy for the last few weeks and it is just too good not to share - a mixture of recipes and information on British Apples, with lots of information on where to buy them, what to use the for and how to celebrate. Just leave a comment between now and Saturday 24th October on any of this week's apple posts - and do share the apple love.