One of the country's largest apple and pear producers - based in Kent - has welcomed the arrival of the recent winter chill following the warmest December on record.
AC Gotham and Sons says its orchards need to clock up around 700 hours at temperatures below 7 degrees to help its fruit develop in the spring.
Ideal weather conditions have resulted in one of the best apple crops in living memory. Early summer sun, a wet August and warm September mean some varieties will have a record breaking year. Sarah Saunders spoke to Tonbridge apple farmer James Simpson and Adrian Barlow of the growers group English Apples and Pears.
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The NFU will celebrate the English apple season with Kent consumers, with visitors being able to sample new season apples.
It is all part of NFU's campaign and petition to 'Back British Farming'.
It has been launched to highlight the decline in the country's self-sufficiency, with aims to boost production and consumption of home-grown food.
More than 1400 people and organisations have already signed the petition, including Waitrose, The Cooperative and celebrity chef James Martin.
Kent NFU chairman James Smith said, "We have had a fabulous response to the Back British Farming campaign so far from MP's, supermarkets and from members of the public. We hope to encourage many more people to sign up to our charter over the coming days."
Kent's apples are three weeks late because of a delayed summer.
The cold start to the year has meant many apple trees have struggled to produce good sized fruit. But, overall, the crop in the South East is up by a third compared to last year's washout.
We spoke to Adrian Barlow, Chief Executive of English Apples and Pears Ltd.
The cool, wet spring and summer last year meant apple orchards in Kent, Sussex, the Thames Valley and Hampshire saw a bad harvest, which could have contributed to the good crop this year as trees often compensate for a poor season by growing extra fruit the following year.
While the wet autumn in 2012 was bad for last year's harvest, it was good news for this year, because it ruled out the chance of drought which can lead to small, poor tasting fruits