The Co-operative is reintroducing its heritage apple juice, made from 1,000 varieties of rare apples, after a successful launch last year.
According to the retailer, an extra 2,000 litres of The Co-operative Farms’ Truly Irresistible Tillington 1,000 pressed apple juice have been produced, following high demand last year – the juice sold out within weeks of hitting the shelves.
This year, 14,500 bottles of the heritage juice will be available at selected Co-operative Food stores, as a result of greater apple yields from the maturing orchard.
The 1,000 varieties of apple tree, used to create Tillington 1,000 pressed apple juice, faced being taken out of commercial production, before The Co-operative Farms bought one of three identical collections for its fruit farm at Tillington in Herefordshire in 2008.
The collection of heritage trees includes Isaac Newton’s tree, which is identical to and originated from the apple tree in the garden of Newton’s home. Other rare varieties grown at Tillington, and included in the heritage apple juice, include Great Expectations, Fairie Queen, Northern Spy, Forty Shilling, Duck’s Bill and Bloody Ploughman.
The apple juice includes varieties that date back to pre-Victorian times. Most were originally dessert apples, which eventually fell out of favour and became less fashionable than modern commercial varieties.
The Prince of Wales and a private Scottish collector bought the other two parts of the collection, but The Co-operative’s collection is the only one being put to a commercial use.
The Co-operative Tillington 1,000 apple juice retails at £1.50 per litre and is part of retailer’s Grown by Us range – food and drink either grown by The Co-operative Farms, or made using ingredients grown by the business.