Cox's Pomona

(striped and sour)


Raised in 1825 by Mr Richard Cox of Colnbrook, Slough, Buckinghamshire. Possibly a sister seedling to Cox’s Orange Pippin, a Ribston Pippin possibly crossed with Blenheim Orange.

Large, flat round, distinctly ribbed and flattened at base and apex. Five crowned and irregular.
Similar shape to Queen but some more conical and not so flat.
Yellow green with flush and stripes, spots and speckles of orange crimson.  I find the general appearance is more orange and more ‘speckly’ than Queen in September/October. Skin smooth and shiny becoming greasy.
Sanders describes the colour as ‘brighter red’ and calls it ‘a brilliant and attractive fruit’.

Cavity wide and deep, sometimes russet.
Stalk short and stout, russet around stalk.  Both Bultitude and Sanders say ‘variable’.
Basin deep and irregular, ribbed and puckered.
Eye large and open.
Sepals small, erect and broken.
Flesh white, creamy when ripe.  Can be eaten for dessert but is generally classified as a cooker,  the flesh does not break up completely when cooked.

Tube deep cone, Stamens median, Core axile.  Large core with lots of plump pips.

Tree upright spreading, rounded.

Flowering : Pollination group C

Season : October to December