Taste-test apples before you buy
I’VE just picked one of my last ‘Kidd’s Orange Red’ apples to inspire me for this feature. Sinking my teeth into the crisp, juicy flesh, I’m bowled over by how sweet and sour this variety is. But that’s just my take on things – you might hate it! What someone might describe as ‘superb and aromatic’ another might call it ‘bland and insipid’.
So if you’re looking for an apple to suit your tastes, my advice is to visit one of the many apple-tasting events now held at larger gardens and fruit nurseries (an online search will help you locate them). There, you’ll be able to taste dozens of different varieties, side by side. Meandering between the tables, nibbling on slice after slice of apple, you’ll love some and be underwhelmed by others.
I like an eater that’s quite acidic, which is why I’ve partnered my ‘Kidd’s Orange Red’ tree with a ‘Pixie’ at home. They’ve both got ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ in their parentage, so if that’s one of your favourites why not look for others with that lineage, such as ‘Sunset’ and ‘Fiesta’? Buy the tree from the shop where you tasted the apples because there can be subtle differences in taste and quality between nurseries. In that way, what you taste will be what you buy.
Try tasting different varieties before you buy an apple tree