Sussex Apples – How to choose?

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Sussex is famous for apples (hence the vast range of fabulous cider brewed here) – but choosing is a more difficult matter, as we are not short of  varieties – all with their unique qualities and suited to different culinary uses.

With 11 new season varieties to choose from that are available now the mid-season fruit is picked – what would you prefer to use for your cheeseboard – as opposed to a quick snack – or to bake with?

Here is a quick checklist below to how to choose your perfect apple from the new season Sussex fruit:


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Bramley

The perfect cooking apple with a tangy, tart flavour and moist fluffy texture when cooked.


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Cox

The classic Sussex apple.  Crisp and juicy with a russet skin and creamy white flesh.

Not for cooking.  Young apples are crisp and great for cheeseboards. As they mature, they are softer and delicious for snacking and tarts.


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Charles Ross

A largeish apple related to Cox.  Sweet and good for a cheeseboard.

Again, crisp when young but more fleshy when mature.


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Elstar

Perfect for snacking and juicing. A really juicy apple with a bright red tinting on a bright lime green flesh.


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Ellison’s Orange

Sweet and fairly large with a hint of aniseed flavour.  Very juicy and the texture is more like that of a pear than an apple – so great for juicing.


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Kidd’s Orange

A bright, sweet honey-scented apple – very juicy. Great for juicing and chopping into cereal for breakfast- or cheeseboards.


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Lord Lambourne

A delicious sweet russeted apple.  Bright skin and deliciously rich taste – wonderful in salads and juices.


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Red Devil

A bright red apple with red tinted flesh. Sweet and juicy so good for juices, snacking (if you like a more tart apple), salads and cheese board.  Beautiful pink juice.


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Russet

A classic Sussex apple.  Very crisp flesh russeted and a distinctive honey flavour. Perfect for juicing and cheeseboards.

A marmite of an apple for snacking as some people are put off by the fibrous skin.


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Spartan

A perfect snacking apple. Crisp bright red skin and sweet flavour. Lovely on a cheese board with grapes or equally in a snackbox. Better when younger as not a great keeper.


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Sussex Apples – How to choose?

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