Veg news 19th October
It’s Apple Day this Wednesday (21st October). Apple day marks the height of the UK apple season in October and plays a part in raising awareness not only of the importance of orchards to our landscape and culture, but also in the provenance and traceability of food. Apples are the ultimate local food. There are hundreds of varieties, the majority of which have been forsaken in favour of red apples with a bland sweetness, often imported from the Southern Hemisphere. At this rate, the apple is in danger of going the same route as the banana, of which only one single variety (Cavendish) can be found in shops all over the world – the ultimate monocrop. Apple heritage is worth preserving, which is why we feature such an extensive range at Unicorn.
We’re celebrating the almighty apple by offering an even greater choice in varieties, accompanied by tasting notes, advising on use, sweetness / acidity, texture and juiciness. We source all our apples directly from the orchards they’re grown in, each with their own appeal:
- Oakwood (Sussex): Traditional and vintage varieties such as Cox and Egremont Russet.
- Carey (Herefordshire): Heritage apples, look out for Pitmaston Pineapple – tiny, but packed with flavour.
- Ward (Kent): Newer strains, such as Blaze, with a focus on juiciness and crunchy textures.
As a final treat, you’ll be able take home an apple colour in poster and a free apple too!