'The Dales' Heritage Orchard Our small heritage demonstration block was planted in 2015 with our major heritage orchard planted in 2016. We sourced our trees from Grove Heritage Nursery. We have eighty (80) different apple varieties (cultivars) and three (3) pear on the property. 50 per cent of the apples are cider varieties and 50 per cent are dessert/culinary varieties.
Many orchardists think we are 'nuts' to have planted such a range of apples - and heritage ones at that! However we are on a journey of discovery. Many of these varieties have not been planted in Australia for many a year and are only found in a few orchards and one (1) in particular is only found on our property. We are bringing back these varieties so that people are not limited to eating just ten (10) major varieties that the supermarkets influence growers to produce. We are also excited that these heritage varieties will introduce new unique flavours into our ciders for people to enjoy. In late 2017 you will be able to visit our orchard to discover the heritage varieties we have planted.
We are trained in the Freshcare Food Safety and Quality Edition 4 Code of Practise.
What type of apple is that? Many people ask us "can you tell me what type of apple this is"? Well, here are two great databases where you can find out yourself: