There is something of an orchard revival happening in South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This area used to be the cider capital of England, every farm had its traditional orchard with branches bending low with fruit and valleys wreathed in blossom. Now orchards are much less common.
More often you will see a few remnant trees tucked away in a corner of a field or garden or notice street names such as “Orchard Way.” But gradually new orchards are being planted and old orchards are being restored.
Never mind Golden Delicious or Braeburn, with over 6,000 different varieties of apple in Britain, each area had its own local specialities. Apples traditionally associated with South Devon include Slack-ma-girdle, Pig’s nose, Devonshire Quarrenden, Tang Harvey, Tom Putt and Browns of Staverton.
One very local speciality is the plum found immediately around Dittisham overlooking the Dart Estuary, known locally as the Dit’sum Plowman.