Fruits of August: The earliest apples are crunchy, juice and sharp. They don’t keep for long, best to eat them straight from the tree. ‘Discovery’ is a favourite being the first and most reliable. Colour from the skin seems to seep into the flesh giving it a pink stain. ‘Katy’ is another early which is worth planting, it has profuse spring blossom. ‘Early Windsor’ is a juicy apple with a rather aromatic flavour, it ripens late in August despite its name. Cultivated blackberries are ready this month. Damsons too, along with other plums and gages are ripe by the end of the month. Were you going on holiday? Pity. Last year, pushed for time, damsons and blackberries were picked and shoved in the freezer. Later I made a rich, black, sharp tasting jelly which was a mixture of both fruits, the damsons enhanced the muskiness of the cultivated blackberries, which sometimes lack the punch of the wild ones.