Pitmaston Pineapple

Pitmaston Pineapple

A quite different and distinctive russet, claimed by Herefordshire, but associated with Pitmaston in Worcester. Some might be attracted to this particular apple by its reputation as being everything the supermarkets hate, being small, yellow and spotty yet with a fantastic taste!

It makes for a good garden tree with its moderately vigorous and upright growth pattern and the small fruit being ideal for children. The flesh is crisp, beneath a thick yellow skin with a russet of dots. Flavour is intense, being a sweet, sharp and slightly nutty character and as the name suggests with the slightest hint of pineapple.

As a tree it is notably scab resistant although very prone to biennial cropping, with huge crops thrown one year and virtually nothing the next. The variety is neglected because of the small size of the apples. They are ripe from mid September onwards and if stored well will keep until December.

The variety is thought to have arisen from the pip of a Golden Pippin and although recorded in Hereford in 1785 it was introduced by Williams of the Pitmaston district of Worcester, hence its inclusion in this county list.

There are believed to be 28 varieties of Worcestershire apple

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