High Weald

webproducer_cuapples_maynardjh1449Orchards are scattered across the whole of the AONB, but are concentrated in the Kent High Weald. Some of the fruit you will see growing in orchards includes cherries, plums, pears and apples. Black, red and white currants, gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries and other fruitĀ  can also be found growing in the area. Apart from at markets and farm shops, many producers offer the opportunity to pick your own fruit from the farm.

Local suppliers press apples and pears into juices, often using single varieties such as Jonagold, Cox, Russett, Worcester and Comice. Apples are also used to make cider where the juice is fermented in casks, using the natural yeasts in the apples and perry is made in a similar way using pears. A range of fruit based wines is also available and you will also find local fruit being used in a wide variety of products including jams and chutneys and to flavour other local products such as yoghurt.