Once known as the Garden of England, Kent has lost 85% of its orchards in the last 50 years. Most missed are the magnificent 60 foot cherry trees which had their stronghold in north Kent around Faversham. The few remaining are stunning in blossom time, undergrazed by sheep. Orchards can still be found in the Weald and North Kent Fruit Belt.
Cherries were so abundant at one time that many products were made from them such as cherry wine and cherry ale. One speciality is cherry brandy made from morello cherries for well over 300 years at the Crown Inn in Sarre (also known as The Cherry Brandy House): 01843 847808.
The Kentish Cobnut is a kind of hazlenut - more cobnuts are grown in Kent than anywhere else. The Kentish Cobnuts Association produce a Factsheet.
Cider in Kent is usually made from eating and cooking apples and not from cider apples as in the South West, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.