King Charles Pearmain

King Charles Pearmain

A dessert apple said to have been raised by Charles Taylor, a blacksmith of the village of Rushock in Worcestershire in 1821, claimed by Hogg in 1876 to have been introduced commercially by nurseryman John Smith of Worcester. It is also known as Rushock Pearmain.

The fruits have a golden base colour covered by a thin brown russet. The flesh is firm and crisp with a sweet and rich flavour. Will keep through Christmas and well into the New Year and was at one time claimed to have been widely grown for the markets of Birmingham.

Whether the King Charles naming or association comes from Charles Taylor or a Royal reference seems unclear. The Herefordshire Pomona claims it was known for a time as Charles Pearmain, suggesting the former.

There are believed to be 28 varieties of Worcestershire apple

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Golden base with thin brown russet
All of the descriptions and photographs are by Wade Muggleton unless stated.