Ashmead’s Kernal 2021
If you have clicked the QR code you have a special bottle of apple juice made from the single heritage variety called Ashmead's Kernell grown in Atwoods Orchard in Conderton. The trees were planted by the Overbury's farm's team in 2011. In the autumn they picked the fruit and it went to Pershore College for squeezing and bottling.
Ashmead's Kernell are a late apple variety that is very old (18th Century) from Gloucestershire variety. It is well loved in the USA though in the UK its reputation is mixed - either loved or thought too unreliable.
Overbury has always celebrated local artisan produce and are thrilled that we now have a few bottles of our own apple juice from a conservation orchard. The orchard was owned by the Atwood family until the 1950s when it was bought by the estate.
The apples are small with yellow green skin and a fresh almost pear taste. It has
been described as "having a crisp nutty snap, exploding with champagne-sherbet juice infused with a lingering scent of orange blossom"; it reminds us of eating lemon and pear drops at the same time. The flesh is firm and juicy. The fruit is quite small and the skin is yellow-green. The fruit keeps well into the new year, getting sweeter the longer it is kept. These apples can also be cooked and they make outstanding cider.
Like many heritage apple varieties, this tree is not a regular cropper: on a good year it can make a bumper crop and on a bad year with a cold spring the harvest can be disappointing. It is also normal for it to begin cropping well a few years later than other trees, but the wait is worth it in our opinion. The blossom is very lovely and the tree is relatively low maintenance.