Discovery

(red)


Raised in 1949, by Mr Dummer of Langham in Essex, possible parents Beauty of Bath x Worcester Pearmain. Jack Matthews of Matthews Fruit Trees Ltd of Thurston, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk bought the grafts which he named Thurston August.  Named Discovery in 1962 and introduced in 1963. A useful and widely grown commercial variety.

Medium size. Flat round to round, flattened at base and apex.  Regular and symmetrical but sometimes a little lopsided. 
Flushed deep blood red, trace of stripes on flush
Lenticels white and conspicuous. Skin smooth and dry, becoming slightly greasy,
 
Cavity wide, deep, regular, lined with thin grey green russet.
Stalk medium length and stout. To cavity or just beyond.
Basin wide and fairly deep, (Sanders says shallow)  slightly ribbed, can be beading.
Eye closed,
Sepals upright and convergent, usually with broken tips.  Downy
Flesh pink tinged under skin, (but loses pink colour if put in fridge or cold store to keep for Apple Day!) Crisp, juicy, sweet, good flavour.

Tube cone, Stamens median, Core axile

Tree upright spreading, can be partial tip bearer
Slow to come into bearing but once mature crops heavily.

Flowering one day before Cox’s Orange Pippin  Pollination Group C

Season : August to September