Origin not known. It is not the same as the Mere de Ménage known in France. It has been known since the late 1700s and its earlier synonym ‘Combermere’ or ‘Lord Combermere’ suggest that someone of that name introduced it to England.
Recorded in Hogg in 1884.
Large, shaped like a Bramley, irregular and lopsided but king apples can be tall and oblong – one in a sample is not much help with identification as they vary so much. Five or more crowns at apex.
Dull green almost completely covered with dark brown/crimson or purple/crimson flush, darker stripes. Lenticels very conspicuous as grey/white dots.
Cavity variable width, usually deep, lined with green covered by brown scaly russet which can spread over apple.
Stalk short and stout, sometimes fleshy and swollen.
Basin shallow and wide, ribbed.
Eye wide open and large, colour goes into basin.
Sepals wide and convergent, can be separated at base.
Flesh green/white and crisp, breaks up when cooked but does not fluff.
Tube broad cone, Stamens basal to median, Core abaxile
Tree vigorous, upright, partial tip bearers.
Flowering two days before Bramley’s Seedling with Alfriston and Queen
Season : November to February