Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn fruit harvest.

There are so many different apples and so many different flavours and uses. I imagine that there is an apple for everyone.

 Egremont russet was just ripening at the end of September.

 Honeyball. A variety from the Irish seed savers. This photo doesn't do it justice but they were nearly finished when I took this photo. Initially I thought this apple a little bland and I used to carry them up to give to the pigs. After a few times delivering honeyballs to the pigs and eating them as I walked along, I decided that actually they are nice, the taste simply took a little while to be appreciated. That was a few years ago. The Honeyball is now one of my favourite apples. Its drawbacks are that the flesh turns brown almost instantly with exposure to air and it is best eaten straight from the tree as it goes mealy within a day or two of being picked.

 Greensleeves has been cropping since mid-September and there are still plenty on the tree.

 James Grieve.

This one has lost its label.
... and this has lost its label too.

The Spartan apple has been very popular with everyone.

Daub says "put that camera down and pick me up".

September 26th
The conference pear has cropped very well for such a young tree.
All the pear trees had half the fruit thinned out in the summer.

September 9th
The Doyenne du Comice  Pear did get scab but the fruit was still delicious.

September 9th
The first of our pear trees to ripen, Williams bon chretien.

Beurre Hardy September 25th
 The RHS page on pears has a good summary of pear cultivars and growing tips.

 The Autumn bliss raspberries in the meadow are prolific. 

 Or maybe I should say...

 There were lots before Alfie ate so many!

The wonderful thing about autumn raspberries is that they will keep cropping until the frosts even after little boys seem to eat them all!

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