Harvesting Heritage Fruits at Moseley Old Hall
The Orchard at Moseley contains more than 20 heritage varieties of apples and pears, many of which have been grown in this country since at least the 17th century. Along with damsons and sloes from our hedgerows, we harvest the fruit both for use in the tearoom and for our produce stall currently in the Second-hand bookshop.
Other traditional favourites include the Norfolk Biffin; which gained popularity among the Victorians as a sweet, baked treat produced by Norwich bakers.
Many varities found their way here from the continent during the 17th century too, including Rambour Franc and Nonpareil apples from France, and Sanguinole pears from Germany.