A college in Cornwall is creating its own range of apple juice thanks with help from a local industry expert.
Duchy College Rosewarne has been busy pressing their own apple juice with apples grown in the orchard on site and St Ives Cider will be creating it.
Andrew Gunderson, Lecturer in Horticulture at Duchy College Rosewarne, said he was “very excited to see the finished product”.
“We are going to put our own Rosewarne label on the bottles and the apple varieties we’ve used to make the juice were a wide ranging mixture of all our cooking and eating apples, including: Cox, Bramley, Newton Wonder, Russett, Jupiter, Sunset, James Grieve and Golden Delicious,” Andrew explained.
“It’s great for students as they cultivate these trees, prune, organically control the pests and then to see the produce turned into a product, really ties everything together for them.”
The orchard at Duchy College Rosewarne is made up of 40 apple trees with 20 different varieties and was planted by students 28 years ago.
David Berwick, Owner of St Ives Cider, helped advise on pressing out the apples and will be making the apple juice for the college.
“We will be pressing it today and bottling it tomorrow, so it should be back here by the end of the week, you can’t get much fresher than that,” he said.
“Last year’s Duchy College apple juice was absolutely fantastic and the quality is certainly there this year. The yield is not quite as good but that’s the ups and downs of growing apples, especially the older varieties they don’t seem to produce every year.”
It has been an interesting year for apples over Cornwall, according to David.
“The earlies have been very early and the lates are very late, and in between, we have had a lot of rain to make things a little more interesting,” he explained.
“Overall some of the varieties haven’t fared too well, they flowered at the wrong time of year, we had a lot of wind in the spring and the bees didn’t get to them, and we didn’t get much crop off them. The later ones have been fantastic.”
Students have enjoyed the process and Harry Ruberry, a student on the Horticulture course, said in wind fallen apples have been given to the animal care courses to feed to the animals.
Robert Penrose said, “it’s great to be able to grow our own apples and make our own apple juice; it’s an interesting process”.
“I enjoy being outdoors, and have always wanted to work in horticulture” he added.
“I think there are always going to be a lot of jobs in horticulture as people are always going to need people to mow the lawn, hedge trim and that kind of stuff. I enjoy the maintenance side of it.”
If you would like some delicious Duchy grown apple juice, you can purchase your own bottles at the Rosewarne Christmas Fair on Sunday 3rd December, 11am – 3pm.
For more information on the range of courses available through Duchy College visit www.duchy.ac.uk or call 0330 123 4782.