Twas necessary for me to go shopping in the big green supermarket of monstrous proportions this evening.
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but is it not Harvest time here in the UK? Are the orchards not currently abounding with mellow fruitfulness? Is blogland not currently bursting at the seams from heavy consumption of appley based sweet eaty treats?
Well according to the supermarket aforementioned, the only bloody apples available in the whole of the world come from bloody France, bloody Brazil and bloody New Zealand. Oh there are lots of varieties of apples on the shelves alright - bags and bags of the buggers in fact - sadly with more combined air miles than you can shake a ready made crumble mix at. And the price of them shocked me. Kilo bags of apples for £2.50. Shocking. I'd expect a bin bag full for £2.50! I did manage to find just one variety (Worcester) which had been grown here in the UK and surprise surprise they cost just £1 per bag.
I had a look about online when I got home and learned that our lovely old varieties of apple are now losing out to the new ones (like "Pink Lady" for example which is Britain's fourth most popular apple). The Pink Lady variety is now trademarked meaning British Farmers are (allegedly) not allowed to grow it. They are prohibitively expensive - I've seen these fruits for sale at around £3.00 for four apples. Yet our beautiful olde English home grown varieties such as Russets and Orange Pippins are sadly being overlooked.
Don't buy 'em people. Go shake your neighbour's apple tree so they fall over your side of the fence if need be. Tell them I said it was ok and that sharing is caring! Keep your peepers peeled for apple trees growing on waste ground. Visit a farm shop or 'pick your own' orchards. Plant an apple pip. Buy a sapling - it will fruit sooner than you think. Do anything but buy these long distance, bland tasting interlopers.
Ohh! I forgot to say - I found some pears too - proudly emblazoned with a big blue sticker which shouted "New Season".
Shame the new season means that new season currently happening in BLOODY NEW ZEALAND!!