Reputedly raised by Dr. Ashmead in Gloucester about 1770 according to Hogg. Local historians now believe this to be an error and it is more likely that William Ashmead (d.1782), clerk of Gloucester City raised this variety in the garden of the house which became Ashmead House in Gloucester. Ronalds records that in 1831 that tree was then 100 years old. (information from The New Book of Apples). National Fruit Trials in 1935 from F. Bostock, Pitsford House, Northampton. On trial from 1957 – 1966. (late arrival at NFS explains why it is not mentioned in Taylor)
Look at the page on The history of Ashmeads Kernel on www.gloucestershireorchardgroup.org.uk for more information.
Medium. Flat round to round, lopsided and sometimes flatsided. Less even than Egremont Russet.
Greenish yellow with patches of russet cover, can develop red stripes and flush on green later in season.
Cavity medium, russeted.
Stalk mostly short, almost always within cavity.
Basin broad and shallow. Almost always russet lined.
Eye medium size, half open.
Sepals narrow and reflexed
Flesh white tinged green. Crawford says ‘an acid drop like flavour’ but I find it good and it is one of my favourite apples, a reliable cropper and keeper.
Tube cone shaped, Core axile, Stamens marginal.
Tree vigorous and spreading, a good cropper although sometimes prone to Bitter pit
Flowering – three days after Cox’s Orange Pippin with King George V Pollination Group D
Season : late October to January