Some 95 per cent of the apples we eat here are imported, yet a few tenacious farmers are showing we could supply the market ourselves.
Irish Times Saturday 10th September 2016.
The early history of the cultivated apple is largely lost in antiquity. Many researchers have investigated the origin of the apple, including De Candolle (1884) and Vavilov (1951). Both agree that the most likely area of origin of the cultivated apple is in the region south of the Caucasus from the Persian province of Ghilan on the Caspian to the Turkish town of Trebizond on the Black Sea
The National Apple Orchard Census 2012 was compiled from information provided by the 45 commercial apple growers operating in the Republic of Ireland in 2012. The census provides an important overview of apple production, and comparisons are made to previous censuses (2007, 2002 and 1997) where possible.
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Val Venosta is an apple production area with climatic benefits which result in a very high product quality.
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