Rose Prince

Apples for our eyes

The retail giants’ devotion to glossy New Zealand cultivars has effectively destroyed our wonderful native russets and pippins, carefully husbanded for a millennium, according to Pete Brown

Apple Day, on 21 October, is a newish festival, created in 1990, by the venerable organisation, Common Ground. Intended to be a celebration of the apple, its purpose is also to raise awareness of the importance of apples in landscape, ecology and culture. All over the country there will be many revels where you can taste apple varieties, jellies, chutneys and drinks; try apple-bobbing, take apples from your own garden for identification by experts, buy apple trees and all sorts.

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