A tree at the bottom of my garden
skeetam Posts: 178
Any experts on this forum who know what type of apple these are? I have a tree at the bottom of my garden that has suddenly started producing a sack load and I'd like to know if they're for cooking or eating. Many thanks.
if you like it: eating
if it's sharp enough to pucker your mouth: cooking
Felt Z6 2012
Red Arthur Caygill steel frame
They look far too small for Bramley apples.
If you have had a poor growing season, even the best apple variety can taste bad. I hear it has been very wet down south, we had it very dry for 7 weeks: no rain to speak of.
It's obvious that you had a good spring and the blossom was abundant, hence the good crop but you need to learnt to prune the tree (In the colder months -Jan/Feb preferably) to get the best out of them - less fruit but more flavour and a much more consistent crop (more consistent bloom).
If they are not cooking apples, they will disintegrate when cooked.
My inclination is that this is perhaps a Crab apple. Someone thought that they could plant an apple seed and grow an edible apple. You can't. All edible varieties need to be grafted.
But before you go chopping it down, if is is a crab, then the blossom is good for Bees and if you prune it properly, you may find that the apple is a better flavour, meaning that it isn't a Crab apple.
Judging by the skin, they look like they need a bit more light.
Is the side of the apple that is red more palatable?