A massive 90% of English cherries are grown in Kent. Stella is the most common dessert variety for eating followed by Sunburst, whereas Morello are the most common for cooking.
Half of all English plums are grown in Kent. Victoria is the most common dual-variety plum used for both cooking and eating.
Cherries and plums are incredibly high in vitamin C and fibre and are known to contain phyto-oestrogens that prevent heart disease and fight against cancer. Plums can also lower blood pressure being rich in potassium.
The English climate is perfect for the growing of apples and pears, with over 2000 varieties of apple and 550 of pear. They’re both rich in fibre and vitamins A and C, and the English varieties have such a great flavour because they ripen more slowly than their European rivals.
A high proportion of orchards are situated in the Kent area. Apples are harvested from September and pears in October and growers now have hi-tech storage facilities so they can still be bought fresh in winter.
With sophisticated poly-tunnels strawberries can now be grown outside of their usual summer season, but are still predominantly summer fruits. English strawberries are usually juicier and of better quality than European varieties because our climate is so well suited. Most common variety Elsanta.
|Apple||Cox||late September – stored until February|
|Gala||late September – stored until February|
|Bramley||late September – stored all year round|
|Pear||Conference||September – stored until February|
|Comice||October until April|
|Concorde||October – stored until February|
|Quince||Vranja||October – stored until December|
|Brussels sprouts||Septmeber- March|
|Cabbage||January King||November- March|
|Tundra||mid October- March|
|Cauliflower||Cornwall||late October- June|
|Celeriac||Monarch||October- mid November|
|Winter Salads||Lettuce Red Blossom||All year|
|Park Choi||September- March|
|Goose||Embden||September 29- December 24|
|Legarth||September 29- December 24|
|Rabbit||All Year (best in September and October)|
|Turkey||Farm-fresh||Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter|
|Venison||Fallow and Roe||November- February (occasionally summer)|
|Wood pigeon||All year (best in September and October)|
|Wild duck||September- January|