Betty Geeson

Betty Geeson

This obscure and now rare cooking apple is believed to have been introduced in 1854 by a Mr Davies of Pershore. However, its name suggests a possible link to Betty Geeson of Belvoir who, some claim, raised it from a pip, in which case it would actually be a Leicestershire variety in true origin.

It was grown extensively in the Midlands as a commercial variety in the 19th century until superseded by better commercial varieties, most notably Bramley.

Betty Geeson appears to have a sluggish growth pattern so some nurseries propagate it on M25 rootstock in an attempt to give it an extra boost. The apples themselves are a flat round shape and have a light green / yellow skin which in a good summer can turn a red flush. They store well, keeping until Christmas, but develop a slightly greasy skin in late storage. The flesh has a yellowish appearance and is sharp, juicy and crisp when first ripe, softening with age. When cooked it has a rich, sweet texture and holds together in slices.

There are believed to be 28 varieties of Worcestershire apple

Facts & Figures

Flat / Round
Light Green
All of the descriptions and photographs are by Wade Muggleton unless stated.