How Do You Like Them Apples?

Apple Picking in the Orchard

After the success of our Orchard Festival earlier this month, we are still hard at work harvesting the bumper crop of apples at Chartwell this year.  The sun is still shining in this part of the country as you can see from the picture above of two of our garden volunteers collecting ‘Bramley Seedling’ apples.  Most of the fruit and vegetables that we grow are taken to the Chartwell restaurant where they are made into delicious meals for all of our hungry visitors.  Some of it, however, we make available for visitors to take away with them for a small donation to the garden coffers!

The Chartwell Produce Stall

As you can see from the picture above, there is still a good selection of fruit, veg and cut flowers even this late in the year.  Some of the highlights currently include cooking apples such as ‘Arthur Turner’ or ‘Newton Wonder’, eating apples such as ‘Sunset’ or juicy pears like ‘Black Worcester’.  You can find the produce stall just outside the Kitchen Garden, at the bottom of the new Winter Border.  If you’re lucky, you might even be able to get your hands on some spuds, as expertly cleaned by our lovely Kitchen Garden volunteers:

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Happy munching…

Jamie

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8 responses to “How Do You Like Them Apples?

  1. Cynthia

    Help me please! I was at Chartwell on Nov. 13, and I bought some of these apples. I munched on them at home, and I planted the seeds. Didn’t have much hope of seeing them grow up – the yield on appleseeds, I know, is low – but three, believe it or not, have sprouted so far. I’d like to know what kind they are. Any records on what was sold that weekend? Or even in November?

    I know I bought some “Bramley Seedling” apples, and others labelled simply “dessert apples” – so which would they be? And how do I tell the plants apart (I think the seeds may have gotten mixed up).

  2. Hi Cynthia

    At that time of the year the only eating apples that we would have had on our table would have been Malus domestica ‘Winston’.

    You are quite lucky to have gotten your seeds to germinate as the germination success rate from seed is generally thought to be only about 30%. However, it is unfortunately almost impossible to tell what variety your apple trees will become. This is because, not only does it take around 6 years for the tree to produce any fruit. But also, the seed from an apple fruit never comes true. This means it won’t produce the same fruit as the apple it came from because it is impossible to tell which 2 apple tree varieties cross pollinated to produce this particular fruit and seed. I’m afraid to say that the chance of the new apple tree producing fruit that is sweet and edible are only about 5%! That shouldn’t stop you from having a go and raising the tree though. You might discover a brand new, undiscovered delicious variety! Be careful though: any apple tree that isn’t grafted onto a dwarfing root stock (as all commercial and domestic trees sold today have been) is likely to reach up 30m in height relatively quickly!

    I hope you enjoyed your visit to Chartwell back in November and that the apples you took away with you were tasty…

    Jamie

  3. Thanks, Jamie, for the prompt and thorough answer!

  4. Martin

    Two trees still growing, three years later. Years from bearing fruit, though. No idea what they’ll be. Say, what kind of “dessert apples” do you grow?

    • Hi Martin. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. After much research, the list of dessert apples that we have here includes the following: ‘Newton Wonder’, ‘Kerry Pippin’, ‘Allington Pippin’, ‘Anniversary’, ‘Irish Peach’, ‘Worcester Pearmain’, ‘Coxs Orange Pippin’, ‘Sunset’, ‘Kent’, ‘American Mother’ and ‘Jonathan’. We also have some that are classed as both dessert and culinary such as ‘Blenheim Orange’. Hope that helps. All the best…

  5. Cynthia

    Two trees still growing, three years later. Years from bearing fruit, though. No idea what they’ll be. Say, what kind of “dessert apples” do you grow?

    • Hi Cynthia. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. After much research, the list of dessert apples that we have here includes the following: ‘Newton Wonder’, ‘Kerry Pippin’, ‘Allington Pippin’, ‘Anniversary’, ‘Irish Peach’, ‘Worcester Pearmain’, ‘Coxs Orange Pippin’, ‘Sunset’, ‘Kent’, ‘American Mother’ and ‘Jonathan’. We also have some that are classed as both dessert and culinary such as ‘Blenheim Orange’. Hope that helps. All the best…

  6. Cynthia

    Thanks, Chartwell!

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