Top Fruit: Apple – Malus domestica (syn. Bardsey Island)
“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.”
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.
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.
Superfruit: Lonicera caerulea (syn. 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.
Superfruit: Aronia x prunifolia ‘Viking’ (syn. Black Chokeberry)
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.
Season: late August – September.
Help the along and bring encourage those pollinators into your garden!
Save The Bees.
Examples of Companion Planting taken from the Afristar Foundation, more from them to follow
Showing how he does it, how he avoids weeds and pests, retains moisture etc
Photo Credit: Sepp Holzer, unknown source