Nutty, sharp and brimming with flavour, crunch into the apples your grandparents ate and for less than £20. Crisp, sweet and aromatic or as sour as a peardrop, apples come in lots of shapes and sizes. Picking a tree specially bred to thrive in a smaller spot and planting it in winter when it’s roots are bare, means fresh, historical apples galore and all for less than the price of a veg box.
Dwarf apple trees are specially bred to take up little room and still produce lots of lovely fruit. Look for grafted trees in the description; these apples grow happily a small space or in a big pot, or can be trained flat as a fan against a wall, with the fruit hanging below.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, which are the fairest apples of all?
Ugly but delicious: Ashmead’s Kernel (c.1700)
Yellow and fragrant: Beauty of Bath (c.1864)
Crisp and juicy: Cox’s Orange Pippin (c.1825)
Sweet and nutty: Egremont Russet
Suppliers: Brogdale National Fruit Collection