The Orchards

Our current orchards were originally planted in 2000, and were designed by Ben Pike, Sharpham's former gardener.

Grand Sultan, Sops in Wine and Doll's Eye are just some of the lovely quirky and playful names of the apple varieties that grow here.


The fruit The name The information
Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Cornish Aromatic

The skin is rough and dry, and looks and feels like an expensive but worn old tapestry. The flesh is firm, not particularly juicy, and the flavour is quite rich with a hint of pineapple. Cornish Aromatic is an elegant old-fashioned apple variety from Cornwall. The fruit have a beautiful russeted skin with red streaks.

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Court of Wick                                                   

These apples taste sweet and full-flavoured. The flesh is pale yellow, crisp and very juicy. The fruits are a little smaller than average.

The skin is light brown with some orange streaks and patches on the side facing the sun.

Court of Wick is known to date back to at least 1790. It originated near Yatton in Somerset.

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Farmer’s Glory    

A dual-purpose apple that can be used for eating or cooking. The flesh has a sharp quality which sweetens as it ripens.

Farmer's Glory is a vigorous Devon apple variety and is one of the prized trees in our Old Orchard. This orchard was restored by former head gardener and fruit tree expert, Ben Pike.

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Grand Sultan

Ripe in early September, the flesh is crisp, fine textured, sweet and juicy with good acid and a very complex rich flavour.

A pretty red skinned apple, introduced from Russia in 1864. It has been found in numbers in North Devon and Gloucestershire.

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust King Byerd

King Byerd ripens in late October when it mellows to a sweet, sharp taste. The fruit has green skin, which turns yellow when ripened, developing flecks of red and grey russet.

A variety of apple received from Cornwall in 1954. This late-season variety is harvested from late October.

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Mère de Menage

A variety of large deep red blushed apple with a very sweet, juicy and only mildly acidic taste.

It cooks to a purée so is good for sauces and charlottes. This late-season variety has been known since the late 1600s, and is harvested from early October.

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Northcott Superb

A Cox-style apple, with white-green flesh that is quite dense and sweet, and very "appley". The texture is firm rather than crisp, and there is not a lot of juice.

A Devonshire variety, now rare in many orchards. Thought to date back to the Victorian period.

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Pitmaston Pineapple

An exceptional apple with a powerful nutty flavour, honey sweet yet also sharp. It might taste a bit like a pineapple if you close your eyes and believe, but the name refers to it's warm yellow colour and shape...

The apples are very small, about 5cms across.

The first Pitmaston Pineapple apple tree was bred in the 1780's.

The fruits are ready to eat in mid-October

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Roundway Magnum Bonum

These are large-sized apples with red-striped skin. Inside, they have firm, dry flesh with a sweet, pear-like flavour.

Roundway Magnums can be used for fresh-eating or cooking, and are particularly good in apple crumble.

This variety is known to have originated in Wiltshire in 1864.

Read more about this apple in Sharpham's orchards here

Organic gardening at The Sharpham Trust Veitch’s Perfection

This variety combines the nutty flavours of a Russet with the sharpness of a Granny Smith.

Mid - late season fruiting.

A Devon variety, bred by Veitch & Sons in their Exeter nursery in the 19th century.

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Name: Head Gardener Bryony Middleton
Email: [email protected]