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.