Apple Tree - Norfolk Beefing
Origin: Norfolk, late 1600s
Apple Taste: Rich, delicious baked
Type: Culinary / Dessert
Flowering Group : 3
Size : Maiden
Vigour : High
The Norfolk Beefing, or Biffin, is first documented in Robert Walpole's Mannington Estate records from 1698. It was all the rage among Victorians; Dickens mentioned them several times and we still have recipes specifying them. Norfolk Beefings were typically baked at low temperatures, often in bread ovens after the bread was taken out. Norwich bakers used to send them to London by cart, then train.
By the early 1900s they were much less popular, for reasons that aren't clear. Many are still found around Norfolk, however. They are vigorous trees with attractive blossom.
Supplier : R.V. Roger Ltd.
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We supply apple trees, including Norfolk Beefing, on the most vigorous rootstocks available. They were created specifically for use in the UK and produce healthy, heavy cropping trees for our weather conditions. M106 produces a good garden sized apple tree, between 3 and 4 metres tall. Grown as a free standing tree it won't need staking, although initially best to use a cane to support your new plant. M25 rootstock will produce the 4m plus standard trees of a traditional orchard, where they would be planted between 6 and 8 metres apart. Please refer to our size guide for details.
All our apple trees are bare root. At the height of the lifting season there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Orders for apple trees taken from March to September are confirmed prior to dispatch from November. Please note there is an overall minimum order size of £50.