Minarette® Apple (Mid) 'Bardsey'
A few years ago, a very special apple tree that had remained a secret for generations was discovered growing off the Welsh coast on remote Bardsey island. The apple tree is believed to be the only survivor of an orchard tended to by monks over 1000 years ago.
According to one mediaeval legend, Bardsey Island is the site of Avalon, where King Arthur was taken after he was wounded in his final battle. It was a place of pilgrimage in early Christian times and local people say that 20,000 saints lie buried there.
The Rarest Apple In the World
The old mother tree was (and still is) growing in a slight recess on the side of a house. Remarkably, the tree and the fruits are free from disease - a very unusual occurrence in north Wales. It is thought that ancient genes coupled with a hardy wind swept evolution have resulted in this unique attribute. Appropriately named Bardsey, the fruits are in season from mid October to late November. They are striped pink and have a distinct scent of lemon. When eaten as a dessert apple, they are crisp, sweet and juicy. They cook to a delicate light golden fluff and require no added sugar.
Minarette® trees are perfect for today's smaller gardens because they can be planted as close as 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart as well as being ideal for growing in tubs on patios or balconies. When mature, Minarette® trees are 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) tall and will crop prolifically.
Minarette® trees are available for delivery from late November until late March.
Please remember that Minarette® trees require permanent staking, we also strongly recommend the use of rootgrow™ when planting to encourage strong root growth and aid establishment.
Tree stakes, rootgrow™ and fruit tree feed can be found by clicking on the 'related products' tab above.
Get our 'Minarette® Accessory Pack’ for just *£15.99 (normally £19.99) when you purchase it together with any Minarette® tree.
(*Offer price limited to one planter per Minarette® tree ordered).
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