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What's your favourite apple?

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What's your favourite apple?

Mrs Adair and I are developing an orchard on a piece of good agricultural land (1 acre) in Derbyshire. We're planning to plant:


The idea is to produce apples not normally found on supermarket shelves.They're not really for retail, but probably to encourage the palate of local kids when they go scrumping.
Does anyone have other recommendations (and why) for apples we should plant, excluding those generated from San Cupertino

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Midnight_Caller
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Re: What's your favourite apple?

I like Golden Delicious apples
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Re: What's your favourite apple?

Mrs P is fond of Golden Delicious, but I find them a bit bland and tasteless something that I think has increased over many years as I used to quite like them, maybe something to do with over production. However my personal favourite is a good Cox's Orange Pippin, lovely sharp firm apple.
One to avoid though (admittedly a cooker) Arthur Turner. We were looking for a cooker to plant in our garden and looked forward to our first crop. It was awful without doubt the worst apple I have ever tasted, not only was it foul tasting but looked like dog-poo when cooked. It might however be the best one to plant near wherever your perspective scrumppers gain access to your orchard, they're unlikely to be back for more.
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Re: What's your favourite apple?

I have been trying for over 30 years to find an apple we used to 'liberate' when I was a kid.  I check markets, and stop at all the roadside tables in the countryside. The kids on my schoolbus think I am totally bonkers!
This apple was yellow, larger than a Cox,but when you ate it...heaven!  Not overjuicy,not too firm  but a taste of caramel/toffee.  Smiley
The orchard was a large, overrun, abandoned one so I suspect is a rare type. I live in hope. Smiley
I salute your efforts, and wish you well.
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I'd hate to be crabby about this but I did exclude San Cupertino based jokes Cheesy  No Malus intended.
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Re: What's your favourite apple?

@Alaric, what altitude and aspect? is the underlying rock limestone or gritstone?
My list could include:- (but would depend on above)
Beeley Pippin
Lord Lambourne
Lord Derby  
James Grieve
Newton Wonder
Annie Elizabeth
Ribston Pippin
Court Pendu Plat
Discovery
Elison's Orange
Grandpa Buxton ( a must for Derbyshire) ...............reliable big fruit
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Journey, thanks for the list: It's 500 ft above sea level, alluvial valley soil & clay over limestone on the edge of a place called Turnditch.
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Re: What's your favourite apple?

considering the location I'd possibly add
Brownless russet and scrumptious, then prioritise along with Ribston Pippin and Newton Wonder, all disease resistant.
Brownless russet is good in wet ground, Newton wonder is frost resistant, it stores well as cooker and eater.
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I like Golden Delicious apples

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Iphone! Cheesy
Seriously, I like Granny Smith's.
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Re: What's your favourite apple?

If you have plenty of space and can wait a few years for it to crop then the Blenheim Orange has a really good flavour and stores well for Christmas. We always look forward to those. For an early eater, Discovery.
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Thanks - all added to our list of trees to consider, keep the ideas coming.
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Re: What's your favourite apple?

There was a recent article in the news about some chap who grafted numerous varieties on to a single apple tree, using that idea you could have virtually every type of apple available.
On a more serious note it's worth doing research on this subject before deciding what to do, for example some apples store better than others, hight of tree might be important unless you want to go climbing up ladders, type of root stock & type of soil may have a bearing on what you plant.
Hope there are no rabbits in the area as they love tree bark.
The best place for ideas is to contact others who grow apples, nowt like experience.
All the best ! Smiley