Margil was going to be the variety of apple tree that I bought for my daughter this year. However, I had a change of heart, not least because we had only tasted the juice and the fruit could have been less appealing.

So, on the look-out for an alternative which hit the taste spot, we went R V Roger plant nursery near Pickering today, as it was their apple weekend. This meant we could try a variety of apples and then decide on the type we would like to grow.

First up, I tried Scrumptious and decided it was indeed worthy of its name. Not only is it deliciously sweet but the flesh almost melts in the mouth. Still, it was my daughter’s choice. Fortunately, her reaction was the same as mine – without my letting her know beforehand what I had thought.

Thus, we next went off to buy a tree. Formerly, I have bought maidens but the beauty of buying face-to-face rather than over the internet is that you get a clearer idea of what’s what. In other words, we learned that if we bought a bush it would fruit more quickly. This is because the bush is three or four years old, rather than one. So, if my daughter were to enjoy fruit from her tree before she reached adulthood, the bush seemed the better option!

However, the fun didn’t stop there. My daughter had a go at apple bobbing

and then we had a look at the stalls selling local crafts and such like. One of them was selling preserves made from foraged plants and we had our second zing moment of the day: dandelion syrup (made by The Rosehip Company). Who’d have thought it would taste anything like honey?

Anyway, a jar of that was purchased and then we set off for our next destination, Helmsley, to stock up on bread flour, rice in cardboard packaging and other important food items. The views all around were spectacular, as the leaves on the trees are turning different autumn hues. So, it was just a perfect outing.

View from car park at Bylands Inn, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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17 Responses to Scrumptious


    Dandelion jam, great idea, another way to use those blankety blank weeds.

  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I hope your new tree is very fruitful.

  3. A great way to choose a tree

  4. skyeent says:

    I’ve never tried dandelion jam – must find a recipe! I do munch on the flowers and as long as you don’t eat the greens they are pleasant and sweet.

    • Helen says:

      I made an error with the name of the preserve: it should be dandelion syrup. In any case the texture is like honey. If you find a recipe let me know 😊

      • skyeent says:

        Whilst looking for something completely different (cheesecake recipes) I came accross this from the homefarmer magazine which I had kept from June 2017. Vegan Dandelion Syrup: Put 1 litre water in a medium sized pan, add enough dandelion flowers (no green bits) to fill the pan yet still be covered by the water (two big handfuls), add 1 rounded teaspoon citric acid (or juice of one lemon if you don’t mind the added flavour). Leave pan covered overnight to infuse. Strain into second pan. Add 100g of white sugar for each 100ml of liquid, bring to the boil stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pour into warm sterile bottles and seal. Lasts for a few weeks in the fridge, or over a year if pasteurised. Use wherever you might use honey. Let us know how you get on if you try it!

  5. Sounds ,like a wise way of choosing, Helen.
    Your link to the nursery didn’t work: brings me right back to this post.

  6. Karen says:

    It sounds like you had a fun, tasty and successful day. 🙂

  7. Rickey Kyser says:

    Hi, Thank you for the beautiful delicous recipe, It is nice to find easy to follow like this one on your food blog. I love making scones and hot chutneys for my family in in the cold winter months and ice cream in summer.

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