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Why don't our shops sell more English apples?

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The English summer has come to an end (yes that was it!), and it is autumn again.  apple trees everywhere are groaning under the weight of countless native varieties of delicious, ripe fruit all out there just ready for picking

Okay, this might be so, but why are Tesco stores and all the other supermarkets for that matter full of New Zealand Braeburn and Royal Gala, French Golden Delicious, Australian Pink Lady, American Empire and Spartan and Dutch Elstar.

No English Apples - Has our taste for foreign fruit become so deep rooted

But what about English apples?  Has our taste for foreign fruit become so deep rooted that we are unable to see that low hanging fruit on our local the trees?

English apples? I think it is such a shame that we don't see more produce from our local orchards.  I know many of our lovely English apples are not considered commercially viable by corporate monsters such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury; however I must say that I have noticed that they occasionally sell a mere handful of native varieties of our apples - when in season of course!

So where are the Discoveries, the Cox's, Worcester Pearmains and Laxtons?  We have a wonderful selection of great tasting apples grown right here in this country, surely it makes good economic sense to stand behind our home grown produce?

By: Pazza


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Julia

Julia

I have been to all the large supermarkets and none sell English apples or pears. I have also looked at the farm shops and not many have English. I try to buy English where possible. This really makes me angry as we have lovely fruit in this country.
10/07 Julia
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Mau

Mau

Not one British apple in Waitrose. All
Imported from South America , Spain , Italy , France and New Zealand. For goodness sake !! Mad mad mad. And another big gripe. ALL wrapped in plastic. Gggggrrrrrr
21/06 Mau
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boblet42

boblet42

Russets. Cox's Pippins, Granny Smiths. Need I say more?
29/03 boblet42
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ReggieRon

ReggieRon

Couldn’t agree more with all the comments. We grow so many tasty apples but never see them. I refuse to by the expensive, tasteless foreign imports.
19/03 ReggieRon
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Lee

Lee

When/Where are our English Apples in our shops, especially RUSSETS?
27/10 Lee
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Gilli

Gilli

This is so true, I rarely find any British apples at all, both in farm shops and supermarkets. The imported fruits just don't compare to our homegrown produce. They are so small and tasteless. Shops and customers should support our own farms.
21/10/20 Gilli
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Sheila y

Sheila y

I quite agree I went into my local co-op today lots of Apple's from Chile and New Zealand, only one English variety. Now supermarkets are supposedly less fussy about the size and shape of fruit and veg, surely mixed bags of British apples could be produced. We have to start asking for and buying British produce to keep people in work and support our economy.
19/08/20 Sheila y
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Chris

Chris

I refuse to buy foreign apples
04/07/20 Chris
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Syl

Syl

I only like English apples so I get really frustrated having to wait for cox's apples to
come into being at the latter end of the year..Please can we have more English apples ..
13/04/20 Syl
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Rikky

Rikky

Supermarkets seem to have only a few of the English apples available to buy. The Cox^s I have bought do not rattle. Does this mean they are not Coxes Orange Pippins ?
07/12/19 Rikky
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Beano

Beano

Agree fully - I wont buy apples at the moment unless they are British Grrrr!!!
23/08/19 Beano
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Nick

Nick

England import most of the fruit and vegtables from Spain, etc. All England produces today are potatoes and carrots because the weather is so bad lol
17/01/14 Nick
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Petra

Petra

"Because England no longer produce anything anymore"

Why is this silly England knocking so persistent on the WG now?

We actually produce about 65% of our all our fruit and vegetables, but only about 25% of apples we buy are produced in England, which is a shame.

Supermarkets demanded apples that could be picked well before they were ripe, and be easily stored and shipped, and have a uniform size and appearance. All of this count for more than flavour with them and so they only stock a small choice of apples that conform to what they want.

It’s a pity as some of the old varieties have marvellous flavour and scent, and are well worth seeking out and paying a little more for.
18/10/13 Petra
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Nick

Nick

Because England no longer produce anything anymore. All the apples come in from France, Spain, etc. All England produce today, is just a bunch of chavs and yobs that roam the high streets with a large bottle of white cider in one hand and a fag in the other. :)
18/10/13 Nick
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NoN-De-Plum

NoN-De-Plum

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Let us have a vote about jobby; are they deranged or just a nuisance?
Free speech is one thing but nonsense ramblings are another.
I.P. block please
03/03/13 NoN-De-Plum
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