Bess Pool


Reputedly discovered by Bess Pool, the daughter of an innkeeper, in a wood in Nottinghamshire.  It was introduced by Mr J R Pearson, a nurseryman of Chilwell, whose grandfather had the grafts from the original tree.  First recorded in 1824.

Medium to large size. Round/conical, some almost oblong, flattened base and apex.  Irregular,slightly lopsided, slight ribs, sometimes five crowned at apex. Dull gold/green almost completely covered with dark crimson flush and stripes, patches and spots of russet all over apple.
Lenticels fairly conspicuous as white/grey dots.  Sanders says ‘an areola of greyed red on the yellow skin and purplish red on the flush.
Cavity russeted with grey/brown russet, some scaly.  Medium width and depth.
Stalk short and swollen, sometimes lipped and with the flesh swollen over the stem.  Sometimes a fleshy knob at the end.
Basin russeted, wide, medium to shallow depth.  Prominent beading.
Eye closed (Sanders says part open)
Sepals erect and tightly pressed together
Flesh white/green but tinged red under the skin when really ripe. Pleasant flavour,(Sanders says rich) slightly dry.

Tube funnel or slightly cone shaped, Stamens median, Core axile or abaxile, open.

Tree fairly vigorous, upright spreading, some tip bearing.  Needs to be mature before cropping well.

Flowering eleven days after Cox’s Orange Pippin with Edward VII   Pollination Group F

Season :  up to March