Our varieties of apples
On Cryals Farm we grow nothing but apples. Our orchards are home to a number of different varieties of apple trees, all of which we lovingly nurture to produce delicious fruit which we carefully pick by hand. However, for our craft ciders and pure juices we use our three most traditionally British varieties...
Cox’s Orange Pippin was first grown back in 1830 and is named after brewer and horticulturist Richard Cox. Over the years it has produced a number of sports and been hybridised by growers. Today Coxes are hugely popular traditional British eating apples due to their excellent flavour and attractive appearance.
Did you know that you can tell when a Cox apple is ripe by shaking it? The seeds make a rattling sound as they are only loosely held in the apple's core.
First raised in 1872 by the Earl of Egremont at Petworth, Sussex, the Egremont Russet became very popular in the Victorian era. Today it is often overlooked in favour of newer bright and shiny varieties on supermarket shelves. Look closer and you’ll discover a slightly golden-skinned apple with a complex taste of nutty sweetness. Try them sliced with cheddar cheese.
We know we shouldn’t show any favouritism but we simply love Russets!
Everyone’s favourite apple for cooking, from a hearty apple crumble to the traditional apple sauce alongside roast pork. The cooked apple flesh is golden and fluffy and delicious.
The first tree was grown from seeds planted by Mary Ann Brailsford in 1809. She later sold her house to Matthew Bramley, who allowed cuttings to be taken but insisted the apples be named after him. A window commemorating the tree's 200th anniversary has been installed in Southwell Minster.