Michael Bentley with apple blossom

Gloucestershire apples

We grow a wonderful range of apples from early varieties such as Collina and Delbar Estival at the end of August to late season apples into January such as Braeburn and Jazz. Fruit is stored in cold stores which allow the fruit to be picked at the optimum ripeness and sold in peak condition. For our farm shops, we can supply tree ripe Gloucestershire apples – a real bonus – often for an equivalent or lower price than supermarkets.

The table below describes most of the English apples we produce and sell through our farm shop and other outlets:

Variety First discovered or origin Appearance Date of harvesting Best time for eating Qualities
Ashmead Kernal
About 1700 by Dr Ashmead of Gloucester
Greenish yellow, slightly flattened
End of September
October to Christmas
Rich sweet aromatic flavour, white flesh
Bramley seedling
Early C19th but popular from mid century onwards
Large green apple, flattish
Early September
September onwards
High acid cooking apple, cooks to pale cream puree.
Braeburn
New Zealand from 1950s
Elongated, red on green /yellowish background
Mid October
Early November to March
Firm flesh, crisp, sharpish, refreshing
Cox
Mid C19, Bucks
Orange red flush, red strips, over greenish turning yellowish bkgrd
Early September
Mid Sept to Christmas
Firm to soft flesh, sweet and intense aromatic flavour
Egremont Russet
About 1870’s, Somerset
Golden ochre russet
End of September
October to Christmas
Nutty flesh, dryish skin
Elstar
Introduced 1972 from Netherlands; Ingrid Marie x Golden Delicious
Red with yellow background; also a red sport available
Mid September
September to Christmas
Intensely flavoured, sweet, crisp and very juicy
Fuji
Japan, 1930s
Attractive red on yellow background End of
End of September
October to Christmas
Juicy, sweet, quite firm
Gala
New Zealand 1930s
Bright red flush, stripy, pronounced angular calix
Mid to end September
October to January
Juicy and sweet
Jazz
Braeburn and Royal Gala cross , NZ 1990s
Red on green/yellow background, elongated
Mid October
November to February
The sweetness of Gala, the crunch of Braeburn, juicy
Smitten
Braeburn and Royal Gala cross , NZ 2000s
Red stripes over gold, large
Mid September
November to January
Crisp, juicy, sweet sub acid flavour
Red Delicious
USA, end C19th
Dark intense crimson colour, conical shape
Early October
November to January
Sweet, juicy, mild flavour

For more about Newent apples, tree-ripe apples, Ledbury apples and English apples, find out

More about our Gloucestershire Pears, more about our English Plums, more about our Gloucestershire Cherries

I just bought your Red Delicious apples from Waitrose in Stroud. I got the details 'Michael Bentley' and Gloucestershire from the label.I just wanted to say how nice they were! Thank you! :-))

Ian from Stroud
FARM SHOP

Buy local, fresh and seasonal fruit!
Visit Our Farm Shop

Recipe Ideas

Keep up to date with us!

For the latest news, information, recipes ideas and more…
Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter:

Work for us