The range of climate conditions we experience in different parts of the country makes the UK an ideal
environment for growing apples. Some varieties like plenty of sunshine, whilst others can withstand
colder temperatures. Wherever we grow our apples, we choose the right varieties to thrive and ripen
in local conditions.

Find out more about where each variety is grown here.

Depending on the variety, it takes between 5 – 6 months from bud break to harvest for each crop.

When an orchard is planted the trees are already two or three years old (called second or third leaf), the first year in the orchard the blossoms are removed so help them grow roots and a strong structure.

The second year in the orchard, they will have a few apples with each year delivering more as the tree grows, at 7 years old an orchard should be producing its peak volume and will continue to do so for up to 20 years.

Great British apples offer a whole host of nutritional benefits. A source of fibre, snacking on an apple every day helps us feel fuller for longer and helps keep our gut healthy. They’re also a source of slow release energy, making them an excellent snack choice for people with diabetes.

To get to the core of why eating British apples is so good for you, find out more here.

Hundreds of apple varieties are grown in the UK – one to suit everyone’s taste buds. Some of the most widely available varieties include Braeburn, Bramley, Cox and Royal Gala.

Our growers also take the best qualities from our favourites to create new and delicious varieties.

British apples are one of the nation’s best loved fruit. We consume around 122,000 tonnes a year – that’s enough to fill 325 Olympic swimming pools!

Due to such a strong demand for home grown apples, we only export around 3% of our crop.

No, the Pink Lady variety is grown in France, Italy, America, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The first British Pink Lady orchards are now being planted, it will be a couple of years until you see them in the shops though, we need to let the trees grow.

Any apples that don’t make it onto supermarket shelves aren’t wasted. They’re used for lots of different things including apple juice and delicious apple pie filling.

No, apples are not high in sugar. British apples are one of the most popular fruits in the UK, and for good reason. Whilst apples do contain sugar – around 12g per 100g, i it’s naturally occurring and a result of the carbohydrate converting into sweeter-tasting sugar, as it ripens. All fruit contains a variety of naturally occurring sugars, but also come packaged with important nutrients.

Apples, for example, are 86% water, a source of fibre and contain vitamins, minerals, and a wide variety of phytochemicals, which are thought to help protect the body against the harmful effects of free radicals, found in pollution, UV light and cigarette smoke. In contrast, a 45g bar of chocolate contains 25g of added sugar (83% of your daily maximum free sugars intake), is far higher in calories, and has none of the health-protecting nutrients found in British apples.

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  • i Public Health England (2015). McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods Seventh Summary Edition. Royal Society of Chemistry


Yes, don’t peel your British apples. An apple eaten with its peel provides an incredible 13% more vitamin C, 10% more vitamin B6, 27% more vitamin K, 16% more potassium, and 46% more fibre than when it’s peeled iii. Research also shows that apple peels contain anywhere from two to six times (depending on the variety) more phytochemicals, such as flavonoids, (especially quercetin), carotenoids, isoflavonoids and phenolic acids, than in the flesh, which emerging research suggests may, in part, be responsible for apples’ health benefits iv – peel it away and you’ll miss out! Plus, it constitutes nearly 10% of the entire fruit’s weight.

  • iii National Nutrient Database. United States Department of Agriculture. Agricultural Research Service. Accessed April 2018. Available at https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/
  • iv Wolfe K, Wu X, Liu RH (2003) Antioxidant activity of apple peels. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 51:609-614.


Apples are perfectly happy in the fruit bowl, but for a cool and crisp apple, keep them in your fridge drawer.

British apples are nutritious and affordable snacks on the go, with a single apple costing around 30p. In comparison, a single bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps is more than double the price and they offer little to no nutritional value.

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