Another of the older culinary apples that was no doubt displaced by Bramley. It dates from 1908 when it was introduced by Rowe’s nursery of Worcester.
Having been first recorded in 1902 it is thought to be a Blenheim Orange X Golden Noble and won a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Merit in 1903.
As a tree it is late to flower and could thus be a good choice for a frost pocket. It is ripe for picking in mid October with a use season from December to April so historically valuable for keeping.
The trees are hardy, scab resistant and good spur bearers. It makes a good garden tree due to a neat, upright growth pattern, although it can be slow to crop especially on the larger rootstocks.
The flesh is white, firm and juicy if a little coarse beneath a thick skin. It cooks down to a good puree.
Early 20th Century