William Crump

William Crump

This apple takes its name from Mr William Crump who was the one time head gardener at Madresfield Court near Malvern. He is credited with raising the variety and personally exhibited it in 1908 when it received an RHS Award of Merit.

It is believed to be a cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and a Worcester Pearmain.

It was later exhibited by Earl Beauchamp also of Madresfield and won a First Class Certificate in 1910. It was then introduced by Rowe’s nursery of Worcester and is a good quality and attractive looking dessert apple, yet not one you will find commercially available today.

As a tree it has an upright growth habit and seems to do well on a range of rootstocks. The fruit are medium to large and with a green to dark red skin colouring. The flesh is firm, crisp and juicy and of good flavour, a nice balance of sweetness and acidity, coming ripe by mid October with good keeping qualities through until February.

Again, one of those varieties that on the face of it has much going for it yet is now comparatively rare.

There are believed to be 28 varieties of Worcestershire apple

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Dessert apple
All of the descriptions and photographs are by Wade Muggleton unless stated.