In the 19th century, Scotland was well known for its apple production and boasted over 40 local varieties of this delicious fruit. Later, with the arrival of railways and preservation technologies, local produce was gradually replaced by apples from other regions. Scottish apple growers are trying to revive local varieties, and the area of apple orchards in Scotlands is slowly growing. Some of the largest apple orchards are in the Lothian and Borders region, the Tay estuary, and the Clyde Valley.
As apple harvest starts in September, many Scottish households smell of freshly baked apple pies. You can also try Scottish apple scones, apple crumble pies, tarts, and a local specialty, Apple Cranachan, a delicious Scottish dessert that combines fresh fruit, whipped cream, crunchy oats, and a touch of liqueur.