St Edmund’s Russet or St Edmund’s Pippin also known as Early Golden Russet
Raised in Bury St Edmunds by R. Harvey.
First recorded in 1870. First Class certificate from RHS in 1875. On trial at National Fruit Trials from 1963 to 1974
Medium. Shape varies from flat round to conical, can be lopsided, flattened at base and apex.
Very attractive apple, green gold to golden yellow, slightly flushed orange and mostly covered with fine brown russet. Lenticels inconspicuous small dark dots. Skin dry and rough feeling.
Cavity deep and narrow, russet lined.
Stalk slender and long.
Basin slightly puckered, medium width and depth (Sanders says ‘narrow’) russet lined but often with green/yellow skin showing around the Eye
Eye small and closed. Two in my sample gave the appearance of being slightly open.
Sepals short and convergent.
Flesh creamy white, good flavour, firm and juicy. Seems to have a thinner skin than other russets.
Cone funnel, Stamens median/marginal, Core axile, core lines indistinct. Quite large pips.
Tree moderate vigour, upright and spreading. Taylor says ‘tip bearer’
Flowering four days before Cox’s Orange Pippin with Egremont Russet and Merton Charm
Season : September to October, best eaten as soon as picked