Jonagold : SWEET
This very large sweet apples was developed in 1953 by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. It is a highly prized eating apple outside of Australia, wherever fruit merchants pay more attention to fruit taste than fruit shelf-life. Delicious to eat.
The intense apple flavours, and high juice yield make this the perfect apple to add the sweetness and early apple flavours to a Real Cider. This tree thrives in WA conditions, but the fruit are easily spoiled by Bot Rot.
Our Pomona (15 Varieties)
Bramley : BITTERSWEET
Bramley's seedling was grown from a pip by the young Mary Ann Brailsford in her garden in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK in 1809. The tree was included in the purchase of the cottage by Matthew Bramley in 1846. In 1856, a local nurseryman, Henry Merryweather asked if he could take cuttings from the tree and start to sell the apples. Bramley agreed but insisted that the apples should bear his name.
This well known cooking apple is also used as a bittersweet Cider apple. This is a hardy spreading tree, that grows well in our orchards. We get great juice for our cider, and more than a few find apples their way into apple sauce or apple pies and crumbles.
Brown Snout : BITTERSWEET
From Yarkhill in Herefordshire. This apple is the rare close cousin to the much more common Michelin.
A distinctive apple, with a distinctive patch around the "eye" of the apple. (The brown snout). Produces a fragrant bittersweet juice with soft astringent tannins. Likes to grow upright and seems resistant to WA conditions.
Alfreston : BITTERSWEET - MILD SHARP
Grown from seed in the late 1700s by Mr Shepherd of Uckfield and originally named Shepherd's Pippin, the Alfriston was renamed in 1819 by Mr Booker who lived in the village of Alfriston. It received an RHS Award of Merit in 1920.
In our opinion this is the king of cooking apples and a great Cider apple. This is a hardy upright tree, that grows well in our orchards and provides us with huge apples that compete year on year with the Jonagolds for the prize of "biggest apple in the orchard".
Sweet Coppin : MILD BITTERSWEET
A traditional Devon variety, from the Exeter region, where the apple has often been used to make a varietal Sweet Cider.
Mildly bittersweet the apple is lightly sweet flavoured but has tannin levels unusual to be found in such a sweet apple. Heavily biennial, the contribution of this apple can be tasted in our 2015 blended ciders. A stalky spreading tree highly susceptible to damp.
Dabinett : SHARP - BITTERSWEET
Found as a Gribble at Middle Lambrook by William Dabinett. Propogated and distributed by Charles Porter from his nursery at East Lambrook.
Bred specifically for the Cider apple orchards of Devon and Somerset, this Sharp to Bittersweet apple is high in tannins, delivering body to the Cider. Very susceptable to soil type and mineral deficiencies, this is a tough tree to grow In WA. We now have some great specimens, and the trees are regularly delivering great late season flavours.
Browns Apple : SHARP
Bred at Hill's Nursery, Staverton in Devon sometime at the start of the 20th Century.
Bred specifically for the Cider apple orchards of Devon and Somerset, this prized Sharp apple delivers the tannins and required body in bucketfuls. The apple is flat, and often has pink flesh. It doesn't like the damp weather too much and needs careful attention to deliver masses of beautiful bright red apples.
Yarlington Mill : BITTERSWEET
This variety was found growing as a “gribble” out of limestone wall at Yarlington Mill, Cadbury, Somerset, SW England. (Cadbury is thought by some to be the site of Camelot)
Originally planted for a rootstock, the apples were found to be good for cidermaking. The apple is lightly flavoured and crisp apple. The juice provides a little astringency with its sweetness. A spreading tree, that must be grown traditionally as it does not suit leader or pillar pruning.
Our collection of 15 varieties of Cider apple trees balances the tastes and textures of Sharp, Bitter-Sweet, and Sweet Cider apples to produce a blended cider that has all of the characters and flavours of a traditional Cider. Some come from varieties already held by the department of Agriculture in Western Australia, and others were brought from a specialist Apple Genome repository in Tasmania. All varieties originate outside Australia.
As we are the first to grow these apples on any large scale in WA, we have found out their strengths and weaknesses in our temperate climate. Our apples and ourselves have shared quite a journey of discovery.