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!