In pictures: Borough Market creates spoof Apple store

To mark Borough Market's annual apple harvest celebration, the London market's traditional apple display underwent a modern makeover on Sunday (26 October).

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This year's exhibition, dubbed the 'real' apple store, featured the market’s biggest ever collection of apples including 1,000 of the oldest, rarest and most loved British varieties of the fruit to coincide with the market's year-long celebrations for its 1,000th year in business.

The event space housing the exhibition had been created to emulate technology brand Apple's in-store environments, with apple varieties supplied by the Brogdale National Collection adorning the walls and other areas and 'apple gurus' on hand to explain to guests any details of the fruit. 

The world’s oldest known apple, Court Pendu Plat, which was introduced by the Romans, went on display in a Perspex box whilst 999 other varieties were presented on sleek white plinths and shelving units. These included the Ananas Reinette with its distinct pineapple flavour, the unattractive Knobby Russet and the Robston Pippin, a favourite of Charles Dickens.

Other entertainment on the day included Morris dancing and a performance by the Lions Part Theatre Company.

David Matchett, market development manager at Borough Market, said: "This country’s love affair with the apple is no secret - we have been eating apples for centuries. However, there are some varieties under threat and we risk losing the diversity of this delicious fruit.

"This exhibition is not only a celebration of the British apple but a chance for us to raise the profile of these little known varieties and campaign to save them. At Borough, we’ve always been known for the variety of fresh produce on offer. Apple Day is an extension of that."

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