Raised by a nurseryman, Mr Dillistone at Sturmer, near Haverhill in Suffolk, believed to be Ribston Pippin x Nonpareil. Presented to the RHS by Mr Dillistone in 1827 and listed in 1847 in the RHS Catalogue of Fruits as a ‘first rate variety’.
Medium size, although often characteristically described at Apple Day as a ‘small apple that stays on the tree after all the others have gone’. Round conical to oblong conical, irregular, flatsided, ribbed and obviously five crowned. Flattened at base and apex.
Green going green yellow, flushed brown/purple, no stripes. Patches of russet on surface. Large pale lenticels, very obvious and becoming much larger towards the base and into the cavity.
Cavity wide and deep, lined with green/brown russet which can come out over shoulder and mix with the large pale lenticels – quite distinctive.
Stalk varies, from stout to slender but always above base and can be quite long.
Basin wide, fairly deep with russet. Often green.
Eye quite small, closed or part open
Sepals broad, convergent, erect, usually with broken tips, downy
Flesh White/green, firm and solid, juicy. Quite sharp until really ripe.
Tube almost funnel shape, Stamens marginal, Core axile, large dark pips.
Tree vigorous and compact
Flowering one day before Cox’s Orange Pippin with Granny Smith and Jonathan
Season : January to April