Our apple portfolio consists of a Bramley (for cooking), a Jonagold, and this Reine de Reinette above. Both the Bramley and the R de R are covered in fruit; the Jonagold isn't.
The tree above is in the chicken run, which means I visit it every day; this morning I declared the fruit to be RIPE.
The French compare it favourably with the English Cox, but frankly it's nowhere near as good.
France is not really an apple country, they are far better at producing pears. Pears like the warmth, apples prefer cool.
With all those apples hanging from the tree; I suppose we'd better get eating!
5.30am every day!Delete
Oh, I love good apples! I envy you your apple trees.ReplyDelete
It's much to hot for apples to grow well here. Or maybe there aren't enough cold days in the winter. In any case, the closest thing we get to "local" apples come from the North Carolina mountains. Those won't start arriving in the markets until next month.
Cheese and apples are my favorite autumn snack. I'll bet you have wonderful varieties of both! Pears are nice, too.
Cheese with apple is almost always on our lunchtime menu.Delete
Apple and blackcurrant crumble here tonight . Apples from the Growers' Market this morning and frozen blackcurrants as they grow better in the South Island.ReplyDelete
Plenty of crumbles here too.Delete
I envy you your apples...but then I guess we have our lovely mangoes !ReplyDelete
It would be nice to grow Mangoes here, but the winters would probably kill them; even Lemon trees have to be taken indoors for winter.Delete
No apple trees here as yet, but that will be changing in the spring... we can grow Cox's here, can't wait to try one as the GS sings their praises.ReplyDelete
Have to grow a Winesap as well, those are my absolute fave and have grown incredibly difficult to find. A Lady apple and a Granny Smith to round it all out, and for making apple 'bap' (apple cider just on the verge of turning hard, whipped with a bit of cream - something a great aunt taught me to make, it was a fashionable drink when she was a girl).
All espaliered of course, we haven't room for that many trees otherwise.
We had a Granny Smith but it succumbed to Fire Virus (or somesuch), and died. You'll love the Cox, I still consider it to be the very best apple.Delete
If you are too far north in the UK to grow Cox(yes deffo the best) Sunset is a pretty good taste-alike and grows much further north.Delete
Not too keen on Granny Smith but my granddaughter takes one to work everyday. One of our Jonagolds is covered and the other is pathetic! All the other trees are doing extremely well this year. have now lost two quince to quince-blight and am giving up trying.
Is the Jonagold good? Ours is still young and hasn't yet had a proper crop.Delete
I don't eat apples.ReplyDelete
How come? They keep doctors at bay, you know!Delete
My main tree is bursting with fruit - literary hundreds. It is James Grieve, very sweet, the wasps love them and spoil a lot of the fruit, the starlings also love them and I am forever running up the garden to shoo them away.ReplyDelete
My people always had JG's in their orchards... delicious.Delete
Last night I noticed that my neighbor's tree was full of apples and so was the ground underneath. This was a sure sign that the breeze we felt the other day was Mother Nature letting us know that fall is around the corner.ReplyDelete
Have a hunk of good cheese with your apples.
That's what our trees are like; as many on the ground as still up in the branches.Delete
We are just about to leave for a five week holiday in France ( mainly in the south but a week in Sarlat la Caneda ). Can we expect to encounter blackberries ? Would love to pick some wild blackberries !ReplyDelete
Perfect timing for Blackberries! Have a great holiday!Delete
p.s. That's where we filmed 'The Duallists' (Sarlat). If you haven't seen it, get it when you return to Oz; although I doubt if you'd recognise me... I was much younger and more 'dashing' then.Delete
Will do ....... and I'm very happy about the blackberries !Delete
I love mostly all apples , but my favorites are Berlepsch and Calville. I eat 2 apples after breakfast and 2 others in the afternoon. As you noticed an apple a day keeps the doctor away.ReplyDelete
I had an uncle who used to eat lots of apples every day. It eventually 'poisoned' him, and his doctor banned him from eating them.Delete
Is this a warning ?Delete
Gorgeous apples. I lost three apple trees to the flooding rains this spring and early summer and they were fruiting. It was a painful loss.ReplyDelete