More information on local Berkshire varieties can be found at the Orchard Network, Faringdon Free Foods, the Bernwode Nursery catalogue and Orange Pippin.
Blenheim Orange - The original tree was found in Blenheim Park in Oxfordshire in about 1740 by a worker call Kempster and was originally called Kempster's Pippin until 1804.
A classic English apple, it is suitable for eating and cooking and has a dry, nutty flavour. It is mainly yellow\orange in colour, with red flushes and a hint of russet.
Pick in late September or early October.It can be cooked in October, then becomes a dessert variety until December.
Bountiful - A modern cooker bred in 1964 in Kent.It has creamy-white flesh tinged with yellow and is sweet enough not to need any sugar added when cooked.
Bramley's Seedling - The classic English cooking apple, the Bramley was raised in a cottage in Southwell, Nottinghamshire between 1809 and 1813. The cottage was bough by a Matthew Bramley and when the fruit was first exhibited in 1876 it was named after him.
Pick in mid October, the fruit stores from November until March.
Breedon Pippin - raised around 1801 by Rev Symonds Breedon in Pangbourne.
The trees are small and well suited for dwarf training in small gardens.
The apples a re small and flat, looking slightly square. When ripe the skin is a dull yellow tinted with red-orange - more red in the side facing the sun.
Pick in early September, the apples keep until October.
Charles Ross - raised by Charles Ross, who was the head gardener at Welford Park in Berkshire from 1860 until 1908. He crossed Peasgood’s Nonsuch and Cox’s Orange Pippin, and his first selection from the results became the apple named after him in 1899. It was first exhibited in 1890.
Now used as a dual purpose apple. It is lightly aromatic, very sweet and juicy, with a firm texture, delicious to eat raw, and keeping its shape when cooked. Good for baking.
Picked in Sept it will keep until December, but best used earlier as the flavour does fade.
Limelight -This is an excellent new disease resistant dessert apple bred in Kent in 1985 and introduced in 2000.
A cross between Discovery (for shape and taste) and Greensleeves (for colour). Good for wet ground conditions.
Ripe in mid September and keeps until December.
Miller's Seedling - Raised by James Miller in 1848 at Speen Nursery, Newbury. Very decorative fruit, with a creamy skin flushed coral pink, and sweet, crisp, juicy flesh. Crops heavily, but sometimes trees produce biennially and fruit bruises easily, so commercial production was limited.
An early dessert apple – normally ready for August Bank Holiday- which should be eaten soon after picking.
Planted at the Digby Road orchard only a few hundred metres from it's "home" in Speen.
Pick in early September and keeps until November.
Winston - Raised in 1920 by William Pope at Welford Park. It was originally called Winter King in 1935 and then renamed Winston in 1944.
A cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and Worcester Pearmain, it has medium sized fruit, conical and boldly streaked with red, over green. Flesh is crisp, pale and sweet with the flavour of a Cox.
A late dessert apple, ripe in late October, it will store until March. Said to be disease resistant.