The apple harvest here at Rosemoor is safely gathered in now. Pictured here is one of the last trees to be picked in the orchard, which is a cooker called Edward VII.
Overall it has been quite a good year for apples, apart from the apple scab which is always worse in a wet summer and results in surface blemishes. These are skin deep and do not affect the eating quality of the apples. We use some of the apples in our Apple Day in the displays and for tasting. Our restaurant uses a lot of the cookers for a variety of desserts, but I have just delivered the bulk of the crop (more than half a tonne this year) to a local apple juicer at West Lake Farm near Hatherleigh, who converts our apple crop into a delicious apple juice for sale in the Rosemoor shop.
For the first time this year, we have also produced a few bottles of Rosemoor cider.
As well as the apples, all of our soft fruit ends up in the shop in the form of jams and preserves; this includes: Gooseberry, blackcurrant, red currant, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. Over 150lbs in all! The fruit is collected from our freezer by a local couple – Derek and Ruth, who run a small company – Brendon Hills and they turn it into various fruit jellies and jams. They also do a small amount of chutney using some of our vegetables.