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PICK YOUR OWN APPLES?
 
 
 

What are the attractions of PYO ?

Whether you are visiting the area or live next door. Whether you want bushels of apples or just enough for a few days. Picking your own apples enables you to combine the wonderful atmosphere of a Somerset orchard with the assurance of value for money and a truly fresh product.

What time of the year does PYO operate?

We have a succession of varieties that ensures that there is always something to pick between July and mid October (See list of varieties below).

How long will the apples store?

Early varieties will not store for very long. As a rule, apple varieties that pick before the first week in September will not store more than a week or two. Keeping apples in a fridge will help to prolong their life. To ensure that you are able to sample all our varieties throughout the season it is necessary to visit at least every fortnight. Cox and Bramley are most peoples favourite varieties for storing and providing that the apples are stored in cool dark and dry conditions they should last until Christmas. Red Pippin and Idared are two other varieties that will keep into the New Year if stored well.

What varieties do we offer?

It is not possible to arrange PYO for all our varieties but here is a list of what we do have available:

Mid July

  • Vistabella appleVistabella.....................Sharp, distinctive bloom to the skin, very early.
  • Grenadier appleGrenadier....................Traditional early cooker, available through to early September.

Late July

  • George Cave appleGeorge Cave...............Tart apple, first of the old English varieties with a familiar taste.

Mid August

  • Discovery appleDiscovery................... Earliest commercial apple variety, sweet and often with a pink flesh.

Late August

  • Katy appleKaty............................Sweet, juicy apple but will not keep.
  • James Grieve appleJames Grieve...............Picks over a long period. Becoming quite sweet by September.

Early September

  • Worcester appleWorcester Pearmain.....Superb flavour, crisp and hard, an old favourite.
  • Howgate appleHowgate Wonder........ Dual-purpose apple, can grow to impressive size, quite sweet.

Mid September

  • Sunset appleSunset.........................Similar to Cox but with a more subtle flavour.
  • Cox appleCox............................ Pick mid September for storage. Edible from October onwards.
  • Red Pippin appleRed Pippin................ Similar to Cox but stores longer. Well worth trying.
  • Bramley appleBramley.....................Can't be beaten. Pick in the 2nd two weeks of September for best storage (although available from mid August)
  • Concorde appleConcorde Pears.........New improved variety of pear. Can be eaten 'crunchy' but best ripe.

Late September

  • Kidds appleKidds Late Orange.... Flavour can't be beaten but it's appearance can.
  • Blenheim appleBlenheim Orange.........Popular by name and nature. Prone to biennial cropping and sells out quickly in its 'off' year.

Early October

  • Spartan appleSpartan...................... Dark red skin with a bloom. Lovely flavour and texture but has a skin a little tougher than most.
  • Golden Delicious appleGolden Delicious.........Don't eat until golden on the tree. Mmmmm...Delicious!

Mid to Late October

  • Idared appleIdared.........................Can be picked until mid November. The later the better.

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