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October 21st is Apple Day, it is an annual celebration of apples and orchards, there are lots of organized events being held around the country, at many of these events you can: taste locally grown apples, have a look at apple orchards, talk to the growers, bring with you one of your unknown varieties of apple for the experts to identify, watch cookery demonstrations using apples and taste the results, learn about growing, pruning and grafting apple trees, buy apple produce (jams, jellies, chutneys, cakes, pies etc.), cooking equipment, apple crushers, apple presses, harvesting equipment such as ladders, apple pickersapple wizardsfruit stores and storage boxes not to mention apple trees to start off your own ‘orchard’ and much, much more, they make a great day out for all the family.

Last week Sylvia arrived in the office with a large bag of her own freshly picked apples to share amongst the staff. Thomas is not a great fan of apples so I started thinking of ways to try and tempt him, this idea made me ‘smile’ and would be great for a children’s party – especially a Halloween Party.

Scary apple smile

Scary Apple Smiles

What you will need

  • Red skinned apples
  • Lemon Juice
  • Caramel/Toffee/Chocolate/Peanut Butter Spread
  • White mini Marshmallows

What you need to do

  1. Wash you apples and cut them into quarters.
  2. Trim off the core and seeds and cut out a wedge from the skin side of each quarter.
  3. Brush the flesh with lemon juice to stop it from turning brown.
  4. Fill the ‘gap’ with a spoonful of stiff Caramel/Toffee/Chocolate/Peanut Butter Spread.
  5. For the ‘teeth’ place your mini marshmallows in rows, one at the top and one along the bottom.

Scary apple smiles

Was Thomas tempted?  Yes, but I think the Toffee Spread had a lot to do with it!!

Why not give it a try?

This week we also celebrate Bramley Apple Pie Week 20th – 26th October for recipes and ideas on how to enjoy and store your apples click here.

Gill

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This week 5th February – 12th February it is Bramley Apple Week. We are all being encouraged to cook with this very British Apple. It is recognised by home cooks and professional chefs as the best apple for cooking and the Bramley’s unique qualities make it one of the most versatile ingredients for both sweet and savoury dishes.

The first Bramley tree grew from pips planted in the garden of Mary Ann Brailsford at Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England in 1809 making the variety over 200 years old. In 1900 the tree blew down in a terrible storm, but incredibly it survived and believe it or not this tree continues to bear fruit today.

If you want to pick your own Bramley apples why not invest in a tree for your garden or allotment they are available to buy bare rooted or growing in containers. It is not too late to plant them.

Apple trees can do well anywhere, apart from waterlogged sites or in salty sea air, they prefer rich moist soil with well drained loam. It is best to position your tree somewhere sunny and sheltered this will maximise the time your fruit has to ripen.

Bare root trees can be planted late autumn to early spring but avoid planting if there’s a frost, place roots in moist soil until conditions improve. Make the hole big enough for the tree to be buried up to the old soil mark on the stem, and for the roots to be spread out. Place the tree in the hole and push in a wooden stake, then fill the hole with good potting compost and gently firm down but not tread in. Tie the tree to the stake securely but not too tightly on the stem. Water in well and apply a mulch.

Container grown trees can be planted anytime of the year except when frosty or if the soil is too dry or wet. For container grown trees dig a hole larger and deeper than the container, put fresh compost in the bottom and place the tree (minus container) in the hole, do not break up the soil from the container, then fill the hole with fresh compost to the base of the tree, firm in, stake and tie in. Water in well and apply a mulch.

If you are growing a tree in a container, half fill a large tub with soil-based potting compost and place your tree on top (minus container) fill the tub with more soil to the base of the tree, water well and feed regularly.

In dry weather water your fruit trees regularly until they are established.

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