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THE COOKING APPLE: A SECRET HISTORY

If I asked you to name five varieties of cooking apple, the chances are that you would come up with ‘Bramley’ straight away… and then possibly struggle. However, if you asked the same question a hundred years ago, you would be given a long list of names, depending on season and locality. Varieties like ‘Greenup’s Pippin’, ‘Balsam’, ‘Lord Derby’, ‘Emperor Alexander’ – all were well-known, widely grown and feted for their unique cooking qualities. This month we will take a look at the long history of the cooking apple in the UK, see why ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ came to be the ubiquitous culinary variety and look at alternatives that deserve a space in your garden.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: ON THE VEG PATCH This month Joyce Russell takes over our jobs on the plot feature. Joyce is busy tending to leeks, preparing bean trenches, sorting seeds and lifting celeriac IN THE GREENHOUSE KG regular Martin Fish moves into the greenhouse and polytunnel from this issue and is having a winter clean up, preparing the soil for spring crops and pruning grapes THE CULTIVATED PLOT In the first part of his new series, Graham Strong gets his new plot into shape for spring sowings MEET THE BLOGGERS This month we meet Hayley Moisley, a young blogger with a bright future in the world of allotment gardening

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