(green and sour)
Believed to be a cross between Golden Noble and Blenheim Orange. And introduced in 1902 by Messrs Rowe of Winchester. Given an RHS Award of Merit in 1903. A relatively well known cooking apple, found in gardens, some of the ones I know have been planted in the last 10 years.
Large, round, regular, flattened base and apex.
Bright grass green becoming yellow. Very little russet and only in cavity. No stripes, fruits on the sunny side of the tree can develop a brown flush. Lenticels small white, greyish brown or green but noticeable. Larger and more conspicuous towards base and quite large in Cavity. Feels smooth and dry.
Quite often with a hair line. Fairly tough skin.
Cavity shallow, medium width, sometimes russet, sometimes lipped.
Stalk short and stout, mostly level with base or within cavity. Please note that the stalk in the painting shows a long stalk, obviously the exception that proves the rule! I drew and painted what I saw but perhaps should have been more selective. In general the stalk is short and stout but as with all apples there are exceptions, often the king apple has an atypical stalk.
Basin medium width and shallow, regular, slightly puckered.
Eye fairly large and open.
Sepals long and broad with reflexed tips.
Flesh creamy white, juicy. Cooks to a puree. Both Sanders, and Bultitude say the flesh when cooked has a red hue but I don’t really find this noticeable – perhaps faintly pink on a good day! The flavour is sharp and it is an excellent cooking apple, keeping into the New Year.
Tube deep funnel shape. Stamens median, Core axile.
Tree upright growth. Sanders says ‘slow to come into bearing’ and ‘only moderate croppers’.
Flowering nine days after Bramley’s Seedling Pollination group F