It was Brighstone Horticultural Society Autumn Show last Saturday, Dave and I spent the afternoon in a tent outside the Wilberforce Hall in Brighstone with a display of 30+ apples, the original painted apple records, information about the new apple, Little Pax and information about this website. We had also asked people to bring apple recipes and samples to share.
There were a few offers and special Thanks to the Brownies who came with a large tray of 'Brownie apple Buns'. Thanks also to the friend who tried her recipe twice, one with blackberries and one without and still had a 'soggy bottom', however this was the winner on flavour on the day and soggy bottoms are an occupational hazard when cooking with apples. I brought Apple Chutney and Crab Apple jelly (using John Downie Crabs) - the recipes were already on the website as I make them every year. The other 'Show Day' recipes are now under Taste, Flavour and Recipes on the menu at the side. Scroll down until you come to them. If I keep gathering recipes they may become a separate menu item in the future. Some people promised to email me their best apple recipe so watch this space.
I forgot to take my camera so hoping someone out there took some photos and could send to me? (The above picture was improvised at home the next day when I realised I had no photos but it is the chutney and the Crab apple jelly that went to the show.) If not there is always the Local County Press as they were there with their camera. The Horticultural show in the hall was good but there were no entries at all in the apple classes which just confirms what a bad apple year it has been in 2014. The apples in our display were not as good as usual and after visiting some of the usual sources for samples we all agreed it had been a very bad year and that what apples we had were not going to keep for very long. Only 30 different varieties in the display this year and that included two crab apples and a few cider apples.
Next weekend is Shalfleet Apple Day on Saturday 18th October - the nearest they could make it to National Apple Day on October 21st.
This is going to be a busy month. Apples seem to be early this year and there are not so many of them. I am hoping there will still be enough around to make a display for Brighstone Autumn Show on October 11th. Recently Dave and I visited Jill and Steve Cowley at Lee Farm, Wellow, here on the Isle of Wight. Jill has not one but five orchards - you can find out about Lee Farm under Isle of Wight Apple People and Places or click here for direct link .
Red Devil at Lee Farm
I hope you like the new look header for the site, we decided it was time for a change as the old header had been there from the start.
As promised news about the new Isle of Wight Apple Little Pax. A brief history of Little Pax can be found here (under Isle of Wight Apples on this website and then under Little Pax). A full description and painting of Little Pax is now included in the alphabetic list of apples on this site and can be found directly here.
The apple will shortly be on sale and a donation will be given to St Cecilia's Abbey for each apple tree sold.
Little Pax from the store in January still with a rich flavour
Again it has been longer than I thought since writing news and now the apple season has started. There were several apple emails to answer this evening and we have eaten our first apple puddings of the season. I am currently using Tydeman’s Early Worcester and there are early fallers under the Bramley's Seedling and Arthur Turner. Tydeman’s is a light tasting apple but cooked with very little sugar, it is refreshing in an apple sponge or crumble or kept in the fridge as stewed apple, it goes well with ice cream in the present heatwave. It doesn’t keep and needs using as soon as ripe but it is a very attractive apple, reliable and much appreciated here as the first apple of the season. The birds, mainly rooks and jackdaws + blackbirds, have been a real pest lately, pecking everything at the top of the trees, we think this is for the moisture as it is so hot and dry?
Tydeman's Early Worcester
Two diary dates for those living on the Isle of Wight– Shalfleet Apple Day is on Saturday 18th October. Brighstone Horticultural Society is one of my sponsors and on Saturday 11th October there will be a small Apple display in conjunction with the Autumn Show, named apples, the original paintings and drawings from this website and advice on growing apples. From 2.00pm – 4.30pm outside the Wilberforce Hall in Brighstone.
There is a new link under ‘Useful links’ from Chris Bowers. There are some good photos of apple varieties which could be a helpful guide to identification or even tempt you to buy!
News shortly, of a brand new Isle of Wight Apple, found and named on the Island and introduced by a mainland firm – details with the next news.