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My Fruit Orchard English Apple Juice

In 2016, the Big Fruit Group – BFG – was founded, which specialises in hand-pressed apple and pear juice made in the pretty village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire’s Chiltern Hills.

Based at Atkins Farm, which has pressed fruit since the 18th century, the company sources fruit from different farms across the UK.

The BFG name tips its hat to the fact that Atkins farm backs onto the wood where children’s author Roald Dahl regularly walked in search of inspiration for his beloved books. A resident of Great Missenden for 36 years, Dahl lived in a 18th century farmhouse on the edge of the village.

Ensuring big fruit gets put to good use, the BFG works with wonky apples and pears that the supermarkets reject for not meeting their exacting standards, despite being equally tasty. The pomace left over from the production process doesn’t go to waste either, serving as a snack for the local woodland pigs.

The BFG makes a trio of juices under the My Fruit Orchard brand: a “pleasingly sharp and zingy” Cox and Bramley apple juice, a “bright and refreshing” Conference pear juice, and a pink tinted juice made from Discovery apples that boasts notes of nectarine and a hint of strawberry. All three have picked up Great Taste awards.

Working in small batches to ensure quality, in December BFG founder Clark Betz made Christian’s Batch dedicated to his older brother, who died from cancer last October. In honour of Christian, Clark gives 10% of his profits to the Oracle Cancer Trust. RRP: £2.29 / 33cl, £3.95 / 75cl from My Fruit Orchard.

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