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December recipes from Monica

                           RED CABBAGE APPLE AND CELERY SALAD ...

How to select fruit trees and varieties for community orchards

Principles for the selection of fruit trees and fruit tree varieties for community orchards This list is an aide memoire for people helping to select trees for new plantings...

A Country House in Norfolk

Prof Tom Williamson has been out and about at some of the most fascinating orchards our surveyors have uncovered...and pickiing some apple identification skills too!  ...

November seasonal recipes

More recipes from Monica - salads for this warm spell in November! ...

October recipes from Monica - use up some wonderful squash and apples!

Halloween is approaching and this month's recipes have a Halloween theme - in that they feature seasonal squash and apples! Apples go well with root vegetables and squash, making interesting...

Monica's September Recipes

Damsons are the latest of the plum-type fruits to ripen. Their normal season is mid to late September, though it should be noted that this varies slightly from year to year, and that this year the...

The Survey Progresses!

The Survey Progresses! Tom Williamson The surveys forms are now arriving in our office in some numbers and, while it is too early to undertake a proper analysis, some...

Monica's August recipes

ORCHARDS EAST RECIPES FOR AUGUST    August is the month when plums and cobnuts are both ripe and ready to eat.   Plums do not store. They are best kept in the...

Monica Askay and the newly "trendy" ingredient - Verjuice

VERJUICE   Verjuice, also known as verjus, is an ingredient which, in recent years, has made a bit of a comeback. Literally “green juice”, verjuice has most usually been made...

Tracking lost orchards in Hertfordshire

Deborah Spring's orchard survey adventures,  May 2018 The two sites around what is still a working farm looked promising on my map, and apple blossom gleaming through a hedge...

Chivers Jam Factory (Histon) 1873 - 1960

In the mid 1980s, I moved to the interlinked villages of Histon and Impington, just north of Cambridge. It soon became very apparent that, even then, the jam factory was a big part of the...

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Monica's May Recipes!!

2 wonderful recipes to try with traditional fruit this May. Good luck chefs! I must begin with a note on the storage of fruit. Traditionally some orchard fruits would have been stored...

Brimstones and bryophytes

My first blog having joined Orchards East during the February snows. Two months have whizzed by and the weather has swivelled to wall to wall sunshine; for today anyway. I’ve learned all manner...

Volunteer training 20 April - Norfolk

We're running a volunteer training day in Norfolk this Friday (20 April). Come along and learn how to be a volunteer orchards surveyor with Orchards East! Running from 1530 for around 3 hours,...

Apple-y Ever After

Spring is coming upon us quickly (I hope!), and soon the fruit trees will be in blossom. There is no better time to get out and survey orchards. We have now held project launches for...

Aspalls Cyder a new era

The Aspalls Cyder company has been in the news recently, having been taken over by the American brewing giant Molson Coors. We hope that they are aware of its heritage, for Aspalls is...

Monica's spicy Christmas

Much of the food and drink with which we celebrate Christmas has its roots in feasting from centuries past. Some of our traditional Christmas recipes contain orchard fruits and nuts, and echo...