Now at their seasonal best, here’s a selection of varieties to try and tips for making the most of them.
Tesco stock 24 varieties of British apples, but the most popular are those featured below.
Small and super-sweet, this variety is the ideal size for popping into children’s lunchboxes. Juicy, crisp and with red-tinged skin, it’s also great in salads.
A classic English variety with a lovely tart flavour and fine-grained skin. It is good puréed to serve with pork, and also goes well with cheese.
Big and British, the bramley is perfect for cooking as its texture and tart flavour can withstand high temperatures.
A more recently developed variety of apple, Evelina is aromatic, with a tangy flavour and bright skin.
Small and sweet with a hint of tartness, this variety - a cross between Golden Delicious and Discovery - has crisp, rosy coloured skin
and creamy white flesh.
Loved for their uniquely tangy flavour and crisp, firm flesh, they’re just as good cooked as they are raw.
Tips for making the most of of your apples - whether for cooking or eating as is.
For crisp, sweet-eating fruit, look for a firm feel, without nicks, bruises or wrinkles. Ripe apples tend to make a slightly hollow sound when tapped.
Apples can be stored at room temperature for a while, but most will ripen after a week. To store apples for longer, place in the fridge and take them out to bring to room temperature.
For eating, simply wash under running water. However, for cooking, it’s best to peel and core them. Add sugar and a warm spice such as clove or cinnamon to taste.
Apples can be eaten as they are as a snack, in salads or to accompany cheese. Or, bake them whole; slice and caramelise for tarts and puddings; or roast with a joint of meat, such as pork.
Meet the Expert: James Simpson, apple grower
What do you do for Tesco?
I’m the managing director at Wenderton Farm in Kent. My job is to oversee 350 hectures of orchards.The farm started in the 1960s and now supplies 10,000 tonnes of apples to Tesco from the beginning of autumn to late spring.
What varieties do you grow?
We grow Royal Gala – which is my favourite – plus Braeburn, Bramley, Red Prince and Kanzi.
Talk us through the farm’s year.
We start by pruning in January and February and leave the trees to grow. The trees start to flower from April. In August, we prune again to make sure the fruit isn’t shadowed by leaves, and in September we pick the apples.
What’s the secret to growing great apples?
Location is key and our orchards are ideally situated on a south-facing slope to get the most of the sun with good soil that drains well.We also replant many of our trees every year because younger trees produce the nicest apples and we want to continue growing the best for Tesco.
As featured in Tesco Magazine September 2013.