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Celebrate Apple Day with an Apple Preserving Masterclass at Fortnum & Mason

BY Boon Koh
Published 19 October 2010

This Thursday is Apple Day!

Wait.. there’s a day to celebrate Apples? That’s right, this Thursday, 21st October, is a day to celebrate apples, which is of course one of the great British fruits. The apple season in Britain is now in full swing, and in case you haven’t noticed, grocers markets and even bland generic supermarkets are stocked full of interesting varieties of apples.

Michelle McKenna (a.k.a “Clippy”), founder of Clippy’s Apples, is going to be giving a free masterclass demonstration at Fortnum & Mason on how to make use of all those apples to create preserves. Clippy’s Apples are a company that specializes in making jams, jellies, chutneys, and relishes – all made from British apples.

I wish I could go, as I really do like chutneys and jams – but sadly, the apple preserving masterclass starts at 2pm, in the middle of the working day. However, if you have some time to spare (or work nearby), do pop by to Fortnum & Mason’s, where Clippy will be giving a class on how to make your apples into preserves.

There used to be hundreds of varieties of apples grown in the UK, until the big supermarkets started driving grocers out of business, and demanding that only a few uniform varieties of apples (such as golden delicious and granny smith) were grown. These days, however, there has been somewhat of a resurgence of old, but not forgotten, varieties of apples, and I urge you to pop in to a local farmer’s market nearby and find yourself some new variety to try!