english apples, foot and mouth

The perfume of a fully ripe Discovery, the first variety of English apples to be harvested, always quickens my pulse. Gala and Braeburn apples imported from the Southern Hemisphere keep us in apples through the spring and summer, are marvellous quality and a phenomenon of storage and transport, but something has been lost along the way. It is not just the smell that has gone; they have lost something less tangible that an animist might call spirit. They are sweet and crunchy but seldom exciting. Discovery will be in the boxes and apple bags over the next couple of weeks. Be warned, they need to be eaten just ripe and will rapidly go soft and woolly if left around. Sadly we don