Bardsey Island Apple – “Rarest Apple In The World”

Top Fruit: Apple – Malus domestica (syn. Bardsey Island)Image

“Bardsey Island is a lonely wind-swept island off the tip of the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales, UK. It has long been a venue for pilgrims both pagan and later Christian. A single gnarled old tree was discovered near the remains of a 13th century abbey (in 1999), believed to have housed monks. Hailed as the rarest tree in the world (1000 years old) it is perhaps all that remains of the monastic orchard. It is  the only apple variety from the Celtic welsh heartland. On the island both tree and fruit are completely disease free.”

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The fruits are striped pink, medium sized and have a distinct scent of lemon. Excellent straight from the tree, the fruits are crisp, sweet and juicy. They will cook to a delicate light golden fluff and require no added sugar. Harvest at the end of September, keeps until November. Pollination Groub B.

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If anyone’s interested I had a look around and it looks like your best off buying it from “Ian Sturrock & Sons” (£30 with delivery, two rootstocks available), it appears to be a Welsh Nursery with direct access to the people on the island, he’s also keeping records to this tree and how well it fairs on the mainland.

More Superfruit: Honeyberry

Superfruit: Lonicera caerulea (syn. Honeyberry)
Another Superfruit: Honeyberry

This edible honeysuckle produces fruits that can be eaten fresh or used in pies and muffins. High in Antioxidants, Vitamin B & C, they taste similar to blueberries with a slight honey after-taste. The little bushes only reach 90cm (3ft) high and are very hardy, drought resistant and easy to grow. Two plants are required for pollination purposes.

Get a good variety of different plants in your garden! Make some Honeyberry Muffins for your self and friends, something you won’t find on a supermarket shelf.

Healthiest Fruit In The World: Aronia Berry?

Superfruit: Aronia x prunifolia ‘Viking’ (syn. Black Chokeberry)
Healthiest Fruit In The World: Aronia Berry?

Three times the level of antioxidants found in blueberries and high in vitamin C, this is said to be the healthiest fruit in the world
The berries are too sharp to be eaten raw but are ideal for sauces in summer puddings or blended into juices and smoothies.
The plants are very hardy, easy to grow and will do best in moist, fertile soils in sun or part shade.
Pollination: Self-fertile.
Season: late August – September.

Seattle’s ‘Food Forest’ Project

An Inspiring Food Forest Project, something we should all be encouraging in our local communities and on all spare available public land. The way to feed the “future” is food grown locally, what better way to start than community food forests. Those places could then offer things free like Fruit Tree Grafts and Perennial Seeds to all and spread the wealth for years to come, plant a tree now for our kids to be feasting on!