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We’ve had a chuck­lein the of­fice this month at the evoca­tive names given to ap­ples from cen­turies past: ‘Hoary Morn­ing’, ‘Bloody Butcher’, ‘Knobby Rus­sets’ and no end of ‘Droop­ers’ . They don’t make – nor name – them like that any more... Su­per­mar­ket shelves groan with ap­ples, 12 months of the year, but if youfind more than half a dozen va­ri­eties, you’re do­ing well. The names of those they do stock were dreamed up in a mar­ket­ing de­part­ment for fruit bred to be highly sweet and lunch-box shaped. Is this the best we de­serve? Well, new re­search has emerged this sum­mer that shows her­itage va­ri­eties not only taste bet­ter but are health­ier for you, too. So do your­self and your fam­ily a favour this au­tumn andfind a spot – even just a pot – for one of the va­ri­eties that Monty rec­om­mends and we fea­ture in our UK map of lo­cal ap­ples (start­ing on page 28). It’s yet an­other way that gar­den­ers can re­duce food miles to me­tres, while re­dis­cov­er­ing real flavours and sav­ing old va­ri­eties at risk of be­ing lost for­ever for our kids to en­joy, too. Share your favourite ap­ple names with us – and en­joy this har­vest month!

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