Owners of fruit trees will soon be thinking of how they can put this autumn’s apple crop to good use. Nature’s bounty can be used in many productive ways, including cooking (delicious apple pies and crumble) and, of course, eating them.
Cornwall is noted for its indigenous varieties including Cornish Aromatic, Gillyflower, Pig’s Snout and Tommy Knight. There are around 3000 different types of apple across the U.K.
In some gardens unused apples often end up rotting away into the grass, or finding their way on to the compost heap. Some could be stored in suitable conditions over the winter, but this requires space for storage and regular checking. So, if you have surplus apples this year, you could consider donating them to the Wasted Apple Company.
This company is a small cottage industry based near St. Austell, which collects unwanted apples from gardens or orchards across a wide area, and turns them into tasty traditional hand-crafted Cornish Cider. Wasted apples in reasonable condition can be collected in 25kg sacks provided and all varieties are accepted, so each batch of cider has its own distinctive flavour.
In return you will receive a free consignment of locally bottled cider or apple juice. Wasted Apple Company products have been awarded approved origin status by Cornwall Council.
Featured recently on a More 4 TV programme, this small enterprise is a supreme example of the circular economy in action, By reusing local surplus food waste we can reduce food miles (carbon emissions) thus helping to protect our precious natural environment and, by supporting our local producers and retailers, we can keep money circulating in the local economy.
If interested, you can find out more by visiting the Wasted Apple Company website, and maybe register there as a donor.