Our Apples

At Lathcoats there is a world of apples to be discovered.

Don’t be limited by what the supermarkets have to offer, we grow 50 varieties including Essex’s own Chelmsford Wonder (from Chelmsford), Queen (from Billericay), D’Arcy Spice (from Tolleshunt D’Arcy) and Discovery (from Colchester).

We also grow old favourites like Cox, rare and unusual varieties such as Cornish Gilliflower and newer varieties like Temptation and Honey Crisp.

All are available ready picked in the farm shop during their season.

Find out which apples we grow and when they are available with our Apple Variety Calendar

Essex apples

There are around 2000 varieties of apple in the national collection at Brogdale. Essex has a number of its own wonderful apple varieties, many of which are grown at Lathcoats, and can be purchased in season at the farm shop.

What our customers say;

  • “I never knew there were so many different types of apple!”

  • “It takes me back to my childhood”

  • “My children said they didn’t like apples, then they discovered the tasting table in your shop!”


Discovery is our first apple of the season picked in very early August. It has a distinctive bright red colour which extends into the flesh of the apple itself making it pink (which follows through to the apple juice!). It was first recorded in Colchester in 1949.


A beautiful striped cooking apple dates back to 1858 and is even closer to home, being from Billericay.

Chelmsford Wonder

Even closer still, though slightly younger is the cooker/eater Chelmsford Wonder, raised in 1870 in... you guessed it, Chelmsford!

Makes a great crumble.

D’Arcy Spice

Oldest of all, dating back to 1785, and with the unusual distinction of needing to be left on the tree until after Bonfire Night is D’Arcy Spice, pride of Tolleshunt D’Arcy.

It has a russety appearance and is a very firm apple.

Apple identification

If you have an unknown apple tree in your garden and it is one of the varieties that we grow, we may be able to identify it. If it is one of the other 1,960 varieties you will do best to ask the RHS!