Ancient fruit meets modern science at Llanerchaeron on Apple Day

Llanerchaeron Apple

It’s apple season here at Llanerchaeron, an annual event for decades, this year there’s something a bit different a modern twist is taking hold behind the scenes, find out all about it on Apple Day.

Our busy gardeners are currently harvesting their ripe apples from the garden. Don’t worry if you don’t have any growing in your garden, we’ve over 60 varieties to try so you can cook up a storm in the kitchen with traditional autumnal delights such as warm apple pies and spicy apple crumbles.

Or why not join us on our annual Apple Day taking place on 6 October 2019. It’s a day to celebrate all things apple. From behind the scenes guided walks, kids’ activities, craft stalls and apple produce stalls to get your taste buds tingling, we have lots to keep the whole family entertained.

So, what’s so exciting and different about this year?
We’ve been busy behind the scenes working on an apple identification project. Modern science is helping us to solve our apple mysteries. We have recently enlisted the services of Aberystwyth University, using DNA testing techniques they can prove which varieties have been growing in our garden all this time.  

Did we know our apples from our pears?
We were spot on with about half of the varieties tested, that’s not bad considering that the process of investigating apple varieties was more of an art than a science. Experts made this look easy but it took years of learning and examining through taste, texture, colour, markings and seeds to try to identify an apple.

Will you find a new variety?
Find out what variety of apple (or pear) you have growing in your garden by bringing a sample to our Apple Day. Aberystwyth University will be able to extract DNA from a single fruit, a sprig of young green leaves or some twigs with buds from this year’s growth. You can bring the newly harvested samples along on the day, having kept them cool and moist in sealable airtight bags or containers. Please note there will be a charge £23 +VAT per tree for the cost of the laboratory testing.