What could be nicer than picking your own fresh apples, direct from the tree? Whilst protecting some of our ancient varieties from extinction, as well as creating a natural food source for our pollinating bees and insects.
Some of these apples are worth having for the names alone: Bloody Butcher, Irish Peach and Lady Fingers to name but a few. As native Irish varieties, they’ve been bred here and are perfectly tailored for our climate and growing conditions. I've selected my top five Irish apples in our collection, which you may like to try:
DEARA’s Environmental Farming Scheme offer a subsidy for the creation of a traditional orchard.
We stock a range of suitable approved varieties:
Apple Ardcairn Russet
A dessert apple originating in Cork. Orange to red, flushed under golden russet. Yellowish white flesh, dry, firm and sweet with a distinctive banana flavour. Keeps well into January. RHS Award of Garden Merit. One of our top 5 varieties.
A dessert apple originating in Sligo. Small round yellow fruit, finished red. Ideally eaten straight off the tree in August. Slightly perfumed. One of our top 5 varieties.
A dessert apple originating in Kerry. Rich densely fruity taste with a sweet spicy tang, skin is orange to yellow carmine flush, with a crisp crunchy texture. It is a reliable cropper and the fruit variety is a children’s favourite. One of our top 5 varieties.
Lady Fingers of Offaly
A dessert apple originating in Offaly and Monaghan. It has a frim greenish-white flesh which is sweet with a savoury note. The skin is pale green to yellow with an orange to red flush. Ideally eaten straight off the tree in September. One of our top 5 varieties.
A dual apple ideal for eating or cooking, originating in Kilkenny. A large green fruit with a red flush. A sharp crisp mild flavoured apple. Picked off the tree, sweetening in storage after picking. A reliable heavy cropper. One of our top 5 varieties.
A desert apple originating in cork. Large yellow-red fruit, juicy and crunchy with good flavour. A reliable heavy cropper, ripening in storage.
A cooking apple originating in County Tyrone. Large round green fruit with a red flush. It has a firm, dry, slightly acidic white flesh. It stores well and sweetens with age. Excellent baker and was long the favourite variety in Northern Ireland.
A dessert apple originating in County Clare. Large yellowish green fruit with a red flush. Acidic crisp flesh with a sweet taste.
A cooking apple originating in Counties Kilkenny and Offaly. Large round crimson fruit with russet veins. The flesh is juicy and tart. It’s a reliable heavy cropper. Bloody Butcher is a Tripliod, which requires other varieties to pollinate.
Blood of the Boyne
A dessert apple originating in Louth. Small fruit with a dark crimson blood colour. Ideally eaten straight off the tree. It has soft white flesh with a sweet strawberry taste. A very attractive tree when in full fruit.
A cooking apple originating in County Dublin. Large green/yellow fruit with white flesh. A reliable heavy cropper.
A dessert apple originating in Donegal. Medium sized fruit with crisp juicy white flesh. A healthy vigorous tree that can be picked in September.
A dual apple ideal for eating or cooking, originating in County Armagh. Also known as May Bloom. Medium sized yellowish-green fruit with a sharp tasting juicy crisp flesh. A reliable cropper which is regarded as a good pollinator.
A cooking apple originating in Donegal. Large yellow fruit with a russet freckle finish. The flesh is crisp and juicy and it keeps its shape well when cooked. A reliable heavy cropper.
A dessert apple originating in County Kilkenny. Large yellowish fruit with an orange flush. It gets its name from the flesh which is peach coloured with a sharp tart flavour. Ideally eaten straight off the tree.
A dessert apple originating in County Armagh. Large juicy, soft, sweet flesh with yellow skin and flushed carmine stripes. An attractive as well as tasty fruit tree.
A dessert apple originating in County Armagh. Small rounded yellow fruit with a crimson flush. The flesh is crisp and white and has a juicy strawberry taste. A reliable heavy cropper. Ideally eaten straight off the tree.
A dessert apple which was widely grown throughout Ireland. It’s a small fruit of high quality with green skin and an orange blush. The flesh is crisp and juicy with a sweet taste. A good apple for storing. Late harvest pickling, as the flavour improves with age.