The Beauty of Moray is an old Scottish cooking apple, first recorded in 1883, a favourite in the North of Scotland. Hardy, moderately vigorous tree with attractive small pink blossom, noted for its beauty – hence the name. It flowers mid-season in the north of Scotland, thus overlapping with almost all other trees, so pollination is not a problem, making it less susceptible to frost. It is the blossom that is beautiful; the fruit is rather plain! The ribbed fruit is medium-sized, with a bright green skin and a sharp flavour. It crops well, but is self-sterile and requires a pollinator. The fruit is ready in September.
It is important to protect the Beauty of Moray Apple because commercial garden centres tend to focus on modern fruit varieties, rather than the very distinctive range of heritage Scottish culinary and dessert apples, that are available from specialist fruit tree growers, such as The Apple Tree Man in Perthshire, who propagates many historic Scottish apple trees.
It cooks to a frothy cream purée, ideal for apple sauce for savoury dishes such as pork and sweet pies, served as dessert. As it is high in pectin it also ideal for jellies and baking. It can be used in conjunction with berries that are lower in pectin to produce delicious jams.
Available to plant rather than to buy a bagful!