Raised by Leif Verner at Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, Moscow, Idaho, USA, a cross between Jonathan and Wagener. Selected in 1935, introduced in 1942. RHS Award of Garden merit in 1993.
Fairly large, Bultitude and the New Book of Apples say flat/round but I grow it at home and I find the shape varies and it can be Flat/round to almost oblong (the king apple). Flattened at base and apex.
Skin feels dry and slightly ‘knobbly’.
Red flush over green with darker almost purple, indistinct stripes. Polishes well.
Cavity deep, narrow, grey russet.
Stalk short and fairly slender. Level with or just above cavity.
Basin fairly wide and deep, irregular, ribbed.
Eye small for size of apple. Closed or a little open.
Sepals small and convergent, tips reflexed
Flesh white and firm.
The New Book of Apples says ‘At best, crisp with sprightly taste, but often chewy, flavourless. In Michigan however, fruit enthusiast Robert Nitschke finds ‘high flavour’ and ‘aromatic content’ ‘excellent for sauce and pie’. Austrian Chefs use it for Apfel Strudel.
Keeps for a long time although it loses its flavour.
Tube funnel although quite wide at base, Stamens median?, Core axile, open
Tree vigorous and spreading, produces spurs freely. In our garden a heavy and reliable cropper (and keeper)
Flowering four days before Cox’s Orange Pippin with Egremont Russet
Season : January onwards. Can still be hard and woody in May but with absolutely no flavour