Posted on 29th September 2017 at 14:00 PM
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, you’ll be in the rudest of health at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens next week, because it’s harvest time again and a bumper crop is on the cards.
The National Trust attraction near York is holding its annual apple celebration week from October 1 to 8 and while we all devour it in pies, cakes, and even in sausages, how much do you really know about the fruit itself? For example, all the varieties we eat today have their origins in the mountains of Kazakhstan. Who knew?
On hand to answer your apple related questions will be National Trust gardeners based in the specially erected tents in the walled garden. There will be short talks throughout the week with a chance to find out how the team care for and prune the numerous trees at Beningbrough and of course there will be the popular apple display. The variety of colours and sizes grown in the garden is really evident when they're all grouped together.
You can sample some of the 48 varieties and if you are still hungry for more there’s the walled garden restaurant where on offer will be apple and pork sausages made locally using Beningbrough's harvest, not to mention several puddings for afters.
Youngsters won’t be left out either. There are apple inspired games, while picking an apple from a tree is on the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' play list. The fruits of their labours will be pressed throughout the week, meaning visitors can try the freshest and tastiest juice in town.
If, after all that, you are still hungry for more apple treats, the shop will be providing samples in the tent from their apple inspired range of chutneys, biscuits and of course cider. The National Trust cookbook is also for sale with numerous tempting recipes for your own harvest.
“I love this time of year with its cold crisp mornings. The garden seems to change each day, just like in early spring, but this time it’s the colours that are the star of the show. It’s a busy time in the gardens to keep things tidy but also harvesting fruit and vege for the restaurant and along with the volunteers we’re picking apples most days.”
Apple celebration week will be held at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens from October 1 to 8 (closed Monday). Opening times 10.30am - 5pm. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough for details.