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Northern Apples

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 10 October 2010

Scagglethorpe Queening, Ribston Pippin, the Wass - Simon Parkes meets those restoring the orcharding tradition of the north, from the walled community garden at Helmsley to the orchard village of Husthwaite, and samples some of the commercial fruits of these orchards including a new cider brandy from the orchards of Ampleforth Abbey.

Dr Joan Morgan, apple expert and author of the seminal New Book of Apples, outlined many of the great northern varieties at the RHS London Autumn Harvest Show.

Michael Jack, President of the National Fruit Show, and a BBC Food & Farming Awards judge, samples some of the orchard drinks: Cheshire Apple Juice from Eddisbury Fruit Farm, Husthwaite's cider, and Ampleforth's cider brandy.

Producer: Rebecca Moore.

  • Featured in the programme...


    The Northern Pomona by Peter Blackburn-Maze, Linden Hawthorne, Barry Potter , Elke Laver and Bridget Gillespie. Published by Pomona Publications York in 2007. ISBN 978-0-9556653-0-1

    The New Book of Apples by Joan Morgan & Alison Richards. Published by Random House. ISBN 0-09-188398-9

    Tasted in studio (see links for further information):

    Cheshire Apple Juice
    Ampleforth 5 year old Cider Brandy
    Husthwaite Cider

  • Helmsley walled garden

    Helmsley walled garden

  • The Wass Apple

    The Wass Apple

    © Bridget Gillespie, The Northern Pomona - for details, see above.

  • The Ribston Pippin

    The Ribston Pippin

    © Bridget Gillespie, The Northern Pomona. For details, see above.


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