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Cooking or eating apples?

We moved house a few months ago and didn't realise at the time we had apple trees in our new place, the garden was pretty overgrown and it was difficult to see what we had. But we've got two apple trees, the apples are slightly different colour and I'm wondering if one tree is eating apples and the other cooking apples as the apples are more green. Is there any way we can identify what apples they are? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,934

    Check out the National Trust Apple Days  They usually have someone who will have a go at identifying your apples for you if you take a few apples and leaves.  Other organisations hold apple days in the autumn too, so Google and see what's on in your area image

    It's early yet to know what colour the apples are going to be - the greener ones may just be later ripeners. 

    The best way to find out whether your apples are cookers or eaters is by trial and error - your apples are ripe when you can lift the apple and with a slight twist it comes away - then try eating it raw, cooking with it using different types of recipe - some apples are fluffy when they're cooked, and they're good for purees, baked apples, apple sauce etc, whereas some hold their shape and they're good for pies and tarts.

    Try storing a few - some apples are better after they've been stored a while

    It's possible that the varieties you have will have been chosen to be in the same pollination group as each other, to ensure a good crop, so that may help narrow down the search a bit. 

    There's a hugh number of varieties

    Good luck image

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  • MelskiMelski Posts: 4

    Thanks! That's a big help!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,934

    And I forgot to mention - some apples are 'dual purpose' image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • MelskiMelski Posts: 4

    That's good to know thanks!

  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 806

    If they grow beyond the size of, say, a supermarket Granny Smith, they're probably cookers. 

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,025

    As DFA says the easiest way to tell is just to eat them when they are ripe. Too tart to eat, then just use them for cooking.

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  • MelskiMelski Posts: 4

    Thanks, we'll just have to try them!

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