It’s estimated that there are over 2½ thousand varieties of apple in the UK, and 7,000 worldwide!
My own Grandad, in fact, created his own variety of apple, named RuthLyn after his two daughters. I wonder if the apple tree is still there? I hope so.
Apples were introduced to Britain by the Romans, who first discovered them growing in Syria.
The Romans were integral in spreading the fruit worldwide, using the Silk Road as a means of transport from East to West.
The popularity of cultivating apples grew in Victorian times, with the creation of many new varieties. I’m a huge fan of the Cox apple, though of course Bramleys make a great crumble. What’s your favourite?
Delicious in sweet and savoury dishes, in our gorgeous new cookbook; A Zest for Life, we pair apple with pork in a delicious crunchy slaw.
A Zest for Life is crammed full of fresh, tasty recipes that will put a spring in your step!
I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.