On 30 September 2008 I recorded the planting of 5 new heritage apple trees in our garden. Today we have eaten the first apple from those trees.
This is a Braeburn apple.
The Braeburn is believed to have been discovered as a chance seedling in 1952 by the farmer O. Moran from Waiwhero in the Moutere Hills near Motueka, New Zealand. It was cultivated by the nursery Williams Brothers to export this variety of apple. It is thought to be a cross between Granny Smith and Lady Hamilton. The apple itself is named after Braeburn Orchard where it was first commercially grown. (source Wikipedia).
To be precise this is the only apple that we have eaten from any of our trees, because it is the only apple to have survived that far. We almost had one last year, but something, we think a possum, nabbed it just before we could. To be fair our apple trees have had rather a tough time of it. They are growing along our back fence line and suffer from regular neglect. Perhaps the best thing that has happened recently is that two of them got incorporated into the chook run so they do get more regular water when I empty out the chook’s water bowl.
The original five trees included, in addition to the Braeburn (1952), a Stayman’s Winesap (1866), a Golden Delicious (1905) and Granny Smith (1868) and a now sadly departed Cox’s Orange Pippin (1825). Since then I’ve also bought a Kingston Black apple (1900) which is a special cider making variety. I think it will be some time before we get any cider out of that tree!