The moment I set eyes on you, I had to buy you, and savour the taste of an English autumn. I am talking about the most amazing, beautiful, biodynamic apple from Perry Court Farm in Kent. They have a weekly stall at my local farmers’ market in the Oval, every Saturday. It’s the kind of apple Snow White would find hard to resist. It’s perfect in every way. It’s a Jonagold, gloriously oversized, crimson-hued, like a woman’s blush, and it tastes just like the apples my dad used to grow in our garden when I was a child. It’s the perfect combination of tart and sweet, but not too sweet, and bursting with juiciness. It couldn’t be more different from the bland, cloyingly sweet varieties from everywhere but Britain, which are routinely sprayed with pesticides and sold in most supermarkets today. Is that the kind of apple a day you really want to eat?
Support our farmers and buy British, unsprayed apples this autumn and help to reverse the serious decline of ancient British apple varieties. You can find them in your local farmers market, independent, small grocers, or even better go and pick your own.
If you live on the Isle of Wight, or you are planning to visit soon, then go and pick gorgeous English varieties such as Discovery, James Grieve, Spartan, and Blenheim Orange at the wonderful Afton Park Orchard (map here) – and, at 72 pence a pound, they are cheaper than the apples in our local supermarket, part of a giant chain!