- an old apple which was thought to be extinct. Specimen found by Sally
Cunningham in Cotesbach, Leicestershire, who has kindly allowed me
to photograph a few apples and who has supplied the following comments:
......'The tree is in the oldest part of the orchard at (location witheld)
dates from around 1850. Tree is big (about 60ft), vigorous and
age quite healthy, with lots of new growth suitable for grafting....I
was asked to give a possible ID as they thought it might be Mere de
Menage, but on reading Hogg's Fruit Manual - his description - Martin's
Custard seems a better fit.
"Fruit medium sized, two inches and three quarters wide and two and a
half high: roundish, ribbed on the sides, and with ridges round the
crown which extend into the basin of the eye. Skin greenish yellow,
mottled with red on the shaded side, and considerably streaked with dark
crimson and with a violet bloom on the side next the sun. Eye, small,
quite closed, set in a narrow puckered basin. Stalk, very short,
sometimes a mere fleshy knob, and sometimes woody with a fleshy swelling
on one side. Flesh, yellowish, firm, crisp, juicy and briskly acid.
An excellent culinary apple: in use from October to Christmas.
This apple is much grown in the orchards conterminous with
Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, and I am indebted for a knowledge
of it to my good friend the Rev M J Berkley, of Sibbertoft, near Market
The only thing I'd quarrel with is the size - it's a bit
this has been a damp season so it's probably within tolerance'.
..........Thumbnail pictures below; click on them for a better view.
Pictures (click on small images for detail):
Fruit from the original tree
Fruit from a newly grafted tree on MM106:
- there are more pictures of this variety on the main apple pictures page.
My own description of this variety - it seems intermediate in flavour, fruiting time, and storage capability between Golden Noble and Bramley. It's almost like a cross between these two apples. Eventually it goes shiny and rather sticky, as in the last picture.
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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