The title of Britain’s Tastiest Apple has gone to the home grown Jazz Apple, as voted for by an expert panel who tasted 66 different varieties before arriving at their decision.
Clive Chandler, who hails from Canterbury, grew the winning apples and he also agrees at the Jazz apple is a winner.
Clive says that when you bite into a Jazz apple you get a real Champagne moment as the combinations of acid and sweetness sparkles on the tongue and once combined with the crunch it is a really special experience. He added that he really wasn’t surprised that Jazz had come out on top.
“Terrible weather this year means that growing apples has been a struggle for all fruit farmers” continues Clive, “but there will still be plenty of British apples in the stores for apple lovers to enjoy.”
The first Jazz Apple trees were only planted in the UK in 2006 but the apple has quickly establishing itself as a favourite with consumers. Clive was one of the first British farmers to plant them.
The competition which was held at The National Fruit Show at the Kent Showground in Maidstone is a key event in the British fruit grower’s calendar.
The Judges were :
Adrian Barlow: CEO English Apples and Pears
Dr Debbie Rees: Reader in Plant Physiology at National Resources Institute, University of Greenwich.
Peter Checkley: Kent Fruit Farmer
Peter Barwick: Former Orchard Manager Blackmoor Estates
Karen Thurston: Research Assistant East Malling Research