Our Fiorina apple tree in the garden that I planted from a sapling 18 years ago and it is still there. The first apples arrived after three years and since then we have had apples every Autumn. This year is a special year: days of hot weather, some rain and in Spring a tree full of flowers that transformed into apples and now we have enough apples for stewing, tarts, or whatever. We had so many that now again I hear a bumping noise in the garden and realise that yet another apple decided to fall from the tree.
And then I have my second apple tree. These are gala apples, the ones that usually arrive in the shops from South Africa. When I was a working woman I always had a apple for my morning break. I also had a potted plant on my desk and added a couple of apple pips from my apple. After a while they began to grow. That got bigger and so I took them home and planted them in the garden. Five years later I had a fully grown apple tree, but no apples. I never expected an apple on my gala tree, as it was from a pip, and I thought you had to graft your branches on another tree to get fruit. This was not the case, and 4 years ago my gala apple tree bore its first fruit. OK, the worms got them, and the apples died before you could call them a real apple. In the meanwhile they have practiced and now I am getting a regular harvest of gala apples every year and they are edible, nice and sweet and juicy.
I do not stew them to keep. I might pop some in the microwave with sugar if I have too many.
My gardener told me that the Fiorina are an apple for storage and the Gala for eating as they arrive. I do not even eat apples so much.