We have planted a mini orchard of historic Norfolk Apple trees. Although currently young and small, we hope they will flourish and produce their unique fruit.
Looking at the trees with The Dales behind them and working from left to right, the tree are as follows.
A medium sized green apple with pink to red stripes. Crisp and firm fleshed. Flavour is good and sweet. It keeps well up to the end of January. Named Caroline in 1820 after the wife of Lord Suffield and grown in Blickling Hall gardens in Norfolk. During the period the new apple Caroline became a regular favourite at Blickling Hall and the area. However, it lost its popularity over the next 100 years and was eventually lost to cultivation. Recently a lone survivor was identified by apple experts as the missing Caroline apple and once again this historic heritage apple is being grown.
An old English eating and cooking apple with a classic pearmain shape, Adam’s Pearmain dates back at least to 1826 and probably earlier. Its parentage is unknown. The apple skin is partially russeted and the remainder of the skin is orange, yellow and red. The taste is quoted as being “crisp, juicy, rich and sugary with an agreeable and pleasantly perfumed flavour”. The shape, taste, flavour and colour identify this apple tree as well as its long thin shoots which benefit from light summer pruning.
Another old English eating and cooking apple raised by Herbert Eastoe at New Costessey in 1948.
A desert apple raised in 1914 by Mr Claxton, a gardener of East Harling, Norfolk. It was grown commercially on a small scale locally. A medium to large apple, yellow skinned with a bright orangey red flush. Some broken red stripes. The flesh is sweet, crisp and juicy. It is ready for picking in mid-October.
A Norfolk variety eating apple discovered by the Reverend Mountfield in the vicarage garden at Horsford near Norwich around 1913. It reliably produces good crops of medium large apples with a buttery yellow skin and orange red flush with red stripes. The flesh is juicy, crisp and quite sharp when first picked, but mellows to a pleasing sweetness. A good apple for late eating, it stores well until the end of March.
Pine Apple Russet
First recorded in Norfolk in 1730 and popular across East Anglia by the late 1800s. A medium to large apple usually half covered with golden russet. Mainly yellowish skinned and sometimes with a pink flush. It has a slightly acidic, coarse flesh reminiscent of pineapple. Available to pick in September.