There are 11 different heritage apple trees planted in the orchard. Most have been in action for about three years, but this is the first season we've had a crop to harvest.
Alexander (from Woodbridge Fruit Trees)
A large apple that appeared in Ukraine in the 1700's and quickly spread through Europe, valued because of its hardiness and heavy regular bearing. Alexander (or Emperor Alexander) is brilliant orange/red on the sunny side and eats and cooks well for about the month of March.
I didn't get a chance to weigh these lovely large beauties - the cook doesn't understand scientific observation and they ended up in the red cabbage/apple/currant pot. Equally unfortunately I don't know what they taste like fresh! But that will be remedied as there are many more to collect.