Rubens comes top in the half-term apple tasting

This year’s apple selection mixed some old favourites with brand new varieties.
Garnering one-third of the vote, the new-to-market apple, Rubens, came out top. The lack of heritage apples was due to a late frost at Cam Valley Orchards this year, which decimated the harvest of heritage apples from our regular supporters.

Up for the children's vote this year were:

Cox’s Orange Pippin
This classic English apple arose in England in the mid-nineteenth century as a chance seedling. Its complex flavour with much sugar but also high acid content has inspired apple lovers ever since.

Egremont Russet
This is a classic English russet apple with distinctive brown mottled skin. The flavour is dry and nutty.

This is a modern red apple with a delicate flavour. It was developed in the Netherlands.

This is a new dessert apple developed in Italy. Like many modern varieties it is trademarked.

This sweet apple was developed in the 1920s in British Columbia in Canada. It is an early example of a variety developed in a formal scientific breeding programme.

The children cast their tasting votes on a large graph using apple prints, and were also able to make masks from seasonal leaves and seedheads and make apple-print pictures.
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