Celebrating the English apple

October 4th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Celebrating the English apple

With the Hertfordshire harvest pretty much completed the English apple comes into its own. Two local events are coming up to help celebrate this healthy home-grown delicious snack.
On Sun 8th October 2017 from 2 - 4pm Apple Day at Highfield Park (YMCA Health Club), Hill End Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RA offers an afternoon for all the family to celebrate apples. You will also be able to buy Highfield Park's own apples, apple juice and cider alongside a host of other activities including children's games, tug of war, stalls to browse, entertainment and refreshments.
Then on Sat 14th October 2017 from 2-5pm there’s Highfield Oval Apple Festival in Harpenden AL5 4FB .  At this event there will be lots of games to play, Tractor Rides, Apple Themed Activities, Live Music, Hog Roast, Stalls. Entry if free but there is a £2 charge for parking
There are so many delights to be found in the English apple- here are some of the basics; the earliest variety, Discovery has a distinctive pinky-red colour, then comes the  Worcester Pearmain, a small, sweet apple with a deep crimson flush that is perfect for eating with cheese, followed by the Blenheim Orange, an aristocrat among apples, first named and recorded in 1740. It is fat, with a dull but orange-tinged skin and a nutty taste, similar to but smaller than a Cox's Orange Pippin, Britain's favourite apple.
Don’t forget the sour, waxy-skinned cooking apples, such as a Bramley's Seedlings, one of the oldest named English varieties and the Egremont Russet, which makes particularly sweet apple juice, both available in October.