Hambledon Deux Ans

(striped and sour)

Originated in the village of Hambledon, Hants in about 1750.

Large, round conical to slightly oblong, size and shape variable in my sample.  Can be irregular with noticeable ribs, sometimes not.  Broad and flattened at base.
Green going dull gold, flushed with dull orange brown, goes to orange crimson with red stripes as fruit ripens.  Skin dry and gives the apple an over all dull appearance.  Grey and brown russet patches and flecks all over surface.  Lenticels not very noticeable white dots.  Skin can go greasy when stored.

Cavity medium depth and fairly wide, russet lined with rough scaly russet. Often lipped.
Stalk short, stumpy and set well into cavity in my sample but both Bultitude and Sanders say can be just above cavity.
Basin medium width and depth although Bultitude says ‘fairly shallow. Irregular, ribbed, puckered and beaded. Usually a little russet.
Eye small, closed or part open
Sepals broad and pressed together, tips broken
Flesh greeny cream, a warm orange just under the skin.
Firm and a bit dry, breaks up when cooked.

Tube wide cone, Stamens median, Core abaxile, wide open

Tree vigorous, wide spreading, erratic cropper, prone to bitterpit.

Flowering two days before Bramley’s Seedling with Tom Putt  Pollination Group C

Season : November to April