Identifying Scottish apples

I’ve used the photos I took at the Holyrood Apple day to make an identification chart which you can find here.  As most of these apples were grown in Scotland, this might prove a useful resource for identifying some of the apples we pick in gardens in Edinburgh.  Still, it’s easier said than done…


3 thoughts on “Identifying Scottish apples

  1. Your pictures are very helpful-labels and records are often lost years after planting apple trees.
    Seeing the top and bottom of a fruit helps to identify even more closely. So often fruit trees are wrongly named from source and that can be perpetuated. Great to see all those old varieties -really encouraging.
    I’m in Dorset but good luck with project

    Thank you

  2. these are very helpful photos, though whatever happened to the Golden Hornet? A taste guide might also be useful, do you know of one at all?

    I was at the Apple Day event at Bridgend, good to see so many apples and to watch the juicing….

  3. Dear All

    I have submitted the following petition to the Scottish Parliament – it would be great to have support – so please come if you can. Details how to reserve a seat…. Below.

    If you’d like to send a paragraph of support – why you think school orchards or community orchards should be encouraged …. By Monday that would be great. I’ll collate comments and make copies for committee members information..

    Also if you’d like to forward this to your networks – and especially to any friendly journalists, to try and get some coverage …

    The petition reads

    Petition by John Hancox calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to support and encourage local authorities, schools and community groups to plant fruit trees in schools and community settings so children, families and the wider community can learn how to grow harvest, and enjoy their own local seasonal fruit by providing funding to enable this to happen. We also ask the Scottish Government to support the development of the Commonwealth Orchard – as a Scotland wide legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. While some of this could be in Glasgow’s East end, our vision with the Commonwealth Orchard is for that to be widely geographically spread, and developed in partnership with a range of local community groups.

    The petition has been formally lodged with the Scottish Parliament and will be considered by the Public Petitions Committee (PPC) at its meeting on Tuesday 13 December. The meeting will be held in Edinburgh, and is scheduled to start at 2.00pm. John Hancox, Mike Hyatt, Landscape Architect, and Jim Paterson, from Tarbert and Skipness Development Trust are witnesses to the committee

    You can view your petition’s webpage at .

    Here’s the details for those who want to reserve seats in the public gallery. The telephone number is (0131) 348 5200 and the email address is – people using those details should just request a seat for the Public Petitions Committee on 13 December.

    Full pdfs of the petition are on Scottish Orchards and the Fruitful Schools websites


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