Fruit Identification is now open!
You can also find a fruit identification resource by Joan Morgan, our expert and award winning author. Joan’s Book of Pears and Book of Apples are available to purchase from the Brogdale Collections Gift shop.
How to send your apple & pear sample for fruit identification
- Download, print and complete the identification booking form below, please remember to send with your fruit.
- Choose three ripe (not over ripe) fruit specimens and a shoot with representative foliage, all must be strong and healthy. The fruit should be in good condition, as damaged, misshapen or poor specimens are very difficult to name. If possible the fruit should be mature and show the characteristic size shape and colour.
- Number each variety alphabetically (if sending more than one) and keep a personal record from which plant it was taken, as fruits cannot be returned. Apples and Pears are best numbered on the skin with a ballpoint or permanent marker pen. DO NOT use sticky labels as these can become loose in the post.
- Include as much history as possible about the fruit and tree and clearly mark your name, address, postcode and phone number and quote your membership number if applicable.
- To avoid damage to fruit in transit please pack in a strong box with loose newspaper, bubble wrap etc. DO NOT use boxes that have previously held strong odour or pungent products such as soap, as these can mask characteristic aromas and scents held by the fruit.
- Pay for your samples below (£20 per variety)
Payment can can be made by sending a cheque with your fruit
(made payable to Brogdale Collections). Please do not send cash.
PLEASE NOTE: Samples that are sent and have not been paid for WILL NOT be identified or returned.
Send your parcel to:
Receiving your reply:
Please allow approximately 8 weeks minimum for reply, during peak months of October, November and December this period may be longer.
Please Note: Whilst every attempt is made to identify samples correctly, no guarantee or accuracy can be given. Where identification is not possible (or no suggestion can be made) a 50% reimbursement will be given.
Help and Information: Should you need any help with sending in your fruit then please feel free to contact the office on 01795 536 250.