|Cheese and Spicy Apple Loaf with D'Arcy Spice Apples|
D'Arcy Spice is so called because it originates from Tolleshunt D'Arcy, a village close to the Essex coast and it's said to date from 1785 (although it could be older than that). It's an apple known for its aromatic flavour; it has a subtle taste of nutmeg. And it's a late variety; traditionally it's not picked until Guy Fawkes Day and then it needs to be stored for several weeks before it's ready to eat. In storage, the apples sweeten and develop their distinct, spicy taste. I also love the appearence of D'Arcy Spice; it has a humble, "traditional variety of apple" look about it.
|D'Arcy Spice Apple|
I'm now wondering whether to source a D'Arcy Spice apple tree and plant it in the new orchard. It would be good to have a local variety growing there.