Thursday, 27 April 2017

An Apple A Day...

I buy British apples whenever I can. I am concerned that so many of our native varieties are being sidelined. I miss the lovely James Grieve which grew in our garden in Bexleyheath. Its fruit began as cookers and ripened into dessert apples. One of the Antipodean fruits overtaking our produce is the Pink Lady 
You can read all about this apple and its history here. The producers are very particular about quality, and will not allow British growers to cultivate it, because they fear our climate is not good enough to produce consistency of flavour. 
But whilst I ignore them in the supermarket, I am impressed by the annual competition which is sponsored by Pink Lady Apples, to find the Food Photographer of the Year. 
The 2017 competition has just ended. The standard has been high, the entries stunning. Full details here but I have selected just a few for the blog. 

One of the pictures above is the overall winner, the rest are some of the finalists. Which is your favourite? 


  1. What superb photos!! I like the one with the fish becAuse it takes a bit of extra looking to work out what it is and is not staged. I do like the close up of the cabbage leaf and the ladies with eggs.

    I feel the same about the apples-in my childhood home, we had this amazing tree which grew Reverend Wilkes apples. They were absolutely huge! They looked like cooking apples but were eaters when they gained a slight rosy tinge to their pale green skin- it was like the equivalent of eating more than two apples if you had one. They were so sweet-tasting. The tree was always very prolific even though it was only about 7-8foot tall. My Grandad tried repeatedly to take cuttings and graft them onto another tree when we moved but it never worked. One Summer, we were waiting for a bumper crop of apples to ripen and one night they all vanished- we knew that the neighbours at the end (there was a low wall) had taken them, esp as the old lady had once told my Mum how nice they looked- the other neighbours had high fences and trellises coveted in Ivy. We couldn't believe they'd stripped the tree of all the apples but they denied it. I miss that tree!

  2. My favourite is the Chard Forest (well at least that's what it looks like to me )but the big burly doctor with the apple stethoscope is hard to resist.I'm just shallow like that!

  3. The eggs or the rhubarb- is it rhubarb?!

  4. The Dr one is very clever. I agree with Nana Gogo, it's chard not rhubarb. I think chard is very photogenic, but I much prefer eating rhubarb. The photo of the fishermen reminds me of the human cost of our food, and I love the happy girls with eggs. I am glad I was not asked to be a judge, the standard is so high!!


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