All about apples

Children collecting apples in the garden at Bateman's, East Sussex

Crunchy, juicy apples grow at many of the places we look after. It's the ideal season to make the most of this delicious fruit, which has come to symbolise love, knowledge and, of course, temptation.

Apple days and orchard festivals

There are apple days at places we care for across the UK, so you're sure to find one near you. You can even let the children loose in an orchard to eat an apple straight from a tree: number 9 on our 50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾. Just check with the orchard owner first.

The best spot for apple picking

You won't have to look far for an orchard laden with apples in autumn. We asked Ben Cooke, one of our rangers, to give us his insider tip on where the best fruits are found. ‘Stonehenge has an excellent track called the 'apple track', which was an old military railway. It's fantastic for foraging,' he says. 'It has lots of old apple varieties and many other sources of wild food.’ We'll see you there!

Cook up a seasonal feast

We asked keen cooks on social media for some apple-inspired baking ideas.
Lucinda Barton passed on this handy tip through Twitter, to keep apples at their crunchy best:
‘Squirt apple slices with a little lemon juice before baking to keep them pale and crunchy.’
Ginny Brown gave us this mouth-watering idea on Facebook:
‘Try an apple and orange crunch. Prepare apples as you would if you were making a crumble and add some orange zest. Butter some slightly stale white bread and cut it into triangles. Lie the bread evenly across the apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake until golden and crunchy. Delicious!’
We have a whole host of tasty recipes using apples. Here are some of our favourites:
A slice of apple and rhubarb crumble

Apple and rhubarb crumble  

Give our new Cookbook recipe for a crowd-pleasing, crunchy-topped apple and rhubarb crumble a go.

A bowl of parsnip and apple soup
Soups and starters

Parsnip and apple soup 

Learn how to make a tasty and warming parsnip and apple soup, perfect for a cold day.

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Killerton cider and apple cake

Feeling inspired? Try this delicious cider and apple cake this autumn.