Production of organic apples in the European Union is booming, according to ZMP, the German marketing bureau.
Its latest survey indicates that volumes have risen from 52,000 tonnes in 2004 to 72,000 tonnes last year. While the two most important varieties are Elstar and Jonagold, others may gain a foothold based on UK trials just completed with Defra support.
The five-year programme sought not simply to find apples which grew best and were less susceptible to disease, but also evaluate storage potential. The shortlisted varieties include Rubinola, Discovery, Red Windsor, Pikant, Encore and Howgate Wonder.