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Culinary & Dual-Purpose Apple Trees

Culinary apples are those that can be cooked with. They tend to be larger than dessert apples and are not immediately edible – unless you like your apple very tart. The ‘cooking’ process makes all the difference; the result is a change to texture and a mellowing of flavour that is perfect for pies and tarts. Dual-purpose apples are those that can be cooked early in the season but become sweeter in storage, making them suitable for dessert use from late winter onwards.

 

Our apple trees are grafted onto M26 semi-dwarfing rootstock, which will produce a tree that is easy to grow, easy to control and easy to pick. Bush apple trees will grow 2.4-3.6m (8-12ft) in height and spread. To ensure rapid establishment, apple trees are supplied bare-rooted and will be 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) high on despatch. Trees are available from late November to early late April.

 

Don't forget to include tree stakes and ties on your order.  All young fruit trees require staking and for better establishment we strongly advise using Rootgrow when planting (as recommended in RHS planting guidelines).


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Apple Tree 'King of the Pippins'
£23.95Apple Tree 'King of the Pippins'An extremely versatile apple that can be eaten fresh, cooked, or used for making cider. The history of this variety is somewhat confused but it is thought to have originated from France in the 18th century. Eaten fresh the fruits are crisp and juicy with a very rich, sweet-sharp flavour. When cooked, the fruits keep their shape and are well suited to the French dessert 'Tarte Tatin'. The tree is highly productive, easy to grow and disease resistant.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Lord Derby'
£22.50Apple Tree 'Lord Derby'This excellent disease resistant cooking apple was raised in 1862. Produces heavy crops of large green fruits which are good for pies as they retain their shape when cooked. Strong, sharp flavour. Resistant to scab, mildew and canker. Suitable for the north and wet regions. Attractive blossom.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Megabite'
£26.95Apple Tree 'Megabite'A chance seedling recently discovered in Essex, this naturally compact variety is very suited to growing in a pot. The apples are huge - weighing as much as 500g (1lb 2oz) and are very tasty. The flesh is crisp and juicy and works wonderfully with a plate of cheese where thin slices make best use of the large sized fruits. It is also very good for cooking in purees with a sweet mellow taste.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Monarch'
£22.50Apple Tree 'Monarch'Raised in Essex in 1888, this is a really splendid late cooker often found in old gardens and popular during the Second World War as it needs less sugar than Bramley. The fruits are large, very attractive and cook to a fine yellow puree with plenty of juice. The tree has good resistance to scab and is suitable for wet areas. Heavy cropping.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Newton Wonder'
£22.50Apple Tree 'Newton Wonder'Discovered c1870, this cooking apple is a popular garden variety. The fruits are large with a red flush. Cooks to a cream, juicy puree with a mild, brisk flavour that is slightly sweeter than Bramley. The tree is heavy cropping and resistant to scab and canker. Suitable for the north and wet regions. Partially self-fertile.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Orleans Reinette'
£22.95Apple Tree 'Orleans Reinette'This classic dual purpose dessert/culinary apple is the French equivalent of our Cox's Orange Pippin, thought to have originated from France in the late 18th century. The golden russet fruits are flushed red and have a wonderful, complex, orangey, nutty flavour. Particularly delicious in salads and for accompanying vintage port at Christmas time but also very useful as a cooking apple. In French cuisine it is used in the famous upside down apple tarte 'Tarte Tatin'. The tree is vigorous and has good scab resistance.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Peasgood's Nonsuch'
£23.50Apple Tree 'Peasgood's Nonsuch'Highly esteemed in Victorian times this cooking apple was raised by a Mrs Peasgood of Grantham, Linconshire in the mid 19th century. The fruits are large and particularly handsome with pale green skin covered in broken red stripes and an orange flush. Cooks down to a deliciously flavoured purée, slightly acid yet quite sweet. Excellent for baking. Heavy cropping. The tree is resistant to mildew and moderately resistant to scab.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Reverend W. Wilks'
£22.50Apple Tree 'Reverend W. Wilks'One of the best early cooking apples, raised in Buckinghamshire and first recorded in 1904. The fruits are extremely large and have a delicate aromatic flavour. Cooks to a sweet pale yellow puree, requiring very little sugar. Excellent for baking. Easy to grow, the tree is compact and heavy cropping. It has good disease resistance and is a wise choice for wet areas.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Tickled Pink'
£29.95Apple Tree 'Tickled Pink'This new variety is one of the best red fleshed apples currently available. Picked and eaten from the tree in October, the fruits are crisp in texture and have a mildly aromatic flavour with a good balance of sweetness and acidity. Also ideal for cooking picked earlier in the season. The slices keep their shape when cooked and have an attractive pink colouring. The juice is also pink. The tree is particularly ornamental in the spring with large crimson-pink flowers and attractive purple foliage. Suitable for growing countrywide.Buy Now
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