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A brief introduction to our Apple varieties
Gloucestershire is famous for its heritage of culinary, dessert and cider apple varieties which are of national importance – over 200 recorded, many with specific uses and different keeping qualities
Fresh fruit, juice and cider have always been the main produce – with a recent revival of interest and investment in using again the ancient local varieties
A heritage collection of Gloucestershire apple varieties has been planted in GOT’s Longney orchards to ensure these old varieties saved for future.
Different varieties are ready at different times – there are local varieties that reach perfection on the tree or in storage from August right through to May, ensuring local apples were once available nearly all year.
You can grow these old varieties yourself, with trees available from GOT. They be grown on different rootstocks to ensure the tree grows to the right size for your garden or orchard.
A few sample local varietal names:
Longney Russet, Elmore Pippin, Arlingham Schoolboys, Kill Boys, Severn Bank, Hagloe Crab, Ashmeads Kernel, Leathercoat, Hens Turds, Tewkesbury Baron, Siddington Russet, Taynton Codlin, Quoining, Costard, Nonpariel, Flower of the West, Rose of Cirencester, Royal Turk, Over Apple
Publications about Gloucestershire Apples
Charles Martell’s book Native Apples of Gloucestershire published by GOT describes all the pear variieties of the area. It complement our other books (also by Charles) on Gloucestershire’s Pears and Plums (due soon). Details of all these are available on the bookshop page of our main website.
Archived information from our old website:
These links will open archived information from our old website. Please note that this information is not optimised for tablets or phones and will display only in a basic format. Please also note that this infomation is not up-to-date and is provided here for reference only.
- Index of all Gloucestershire Apples
- Origins of Ashmead’s Kernal
- Origins of domestic apple
- Apple varieties in csv format (includes information about whether the varieties are in the Mother Tree Orchard collection or the Gloucestershire Apple Collection)
- Apple varieties in xml format (includes information about whether the varieties are in the Mother Tree Orchard collection or the Gloucestershire Apple Collection)
- Apple tasting notes
Editing notes: Decisions are needed on how to structure these pages - how to present the local varieties in an accessible way, without being overwhelming. And, also to avoid duplication - the NPPC centre website for example has a thorough treatement of pears - should we be repeating that here, or merely linking to it?