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Britain's tastiest apple
11:49am Sunday 28th October 2012 in News
Always hotly contested, the judging for ‘Britains Tastiest apple’ took place on Wednesday 17th October 2012 at The National Fruit Show.
The winner was decided by a panel of six judges, Adrian Barlow CEO English Apples and Pears Ltd, Dr. Debbie Rees, Reader in Plant Physiology at the National Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Peter Checkley Kent Top Fruit Grower, Peter Barwick former Orchard and Nursery Manager Blackmoor Estates, Karen Thurston, Research Assistant East Malling Research and Doreen Spiking of Empire World Trade fruit marketeers.
The panel tasted a total of 66 fruits the entries coming from the competition fruit entered in classes 3 to 11 and Class 18 which include all of the commercial produced varieties from across the UK.
Rubens has won the top spot for the past two years, something which has proved to be an excellent marketing tool and many felt that it would be hard to knock off the top spot. It was by some considerable margin that Jazz was declared the 2012 Tastiest Apple. Rubens took second, third and fourth place.
The winning apple was grown by Chandler and Dunn a Kent farm from near Canterbury. Whilst it took the coveted accolade of ‘Tastiest’ the fruit itself was awarded second place in its own class with an impressive 96 points out of 100; not only was this example of Jazz being tasty but also technically it was near perfect.
Clive Chandler received his prize money sponsored by The Fruit Grower magazine at the prize giving on Thursday by Society President The Rt. Hon. Michael Jack and Society Chair Sarah Calcutt Full details of the 2012 National Fruit Show; www.nationalfruitshow.org.uk