We planted 9 apples and 3 pears in the Rookery Orchard earlier this year. Here’s some information about what we planted.
Arthur Turner: A large cooking apple with somewhat tough skin. Well known for its particularly attractive blossom. Picking time: Late September. Pollination Group: C
Bountiful: Raised in 1964 at East Malling Research Station. It is resistant to apple mildew. When cooked, Bountiful has a delicious flavour. Picking time: Late September. Pollination Group: B
Bramley Seedling: First exhibited in 1876. Received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1893. The most popular cooking apple grown in the UK. Picking time: Early October
Pollination Group: C
Christmas Pippin: A new apple variety with Cox-like aromatic flavour but sweeter and easier to grow than Cox. Unlike most other new apple varieties which are produced through modern scientific breeding programmes Christmas Pippin was discovered in the old fashioned way as a roadside seedling. Its parentage is therefore not known but features of the fruit and the tree suggest that Cox's Orange Pippin and Gala may be involved. Pollination Group: C
Jupiter: Raised in 1966 at East Malling Research Station, Kent. It was introduced in 1981. Fruits are sweet and juicy with a good texture and Cox-like flavour. Picking time: Early October. Pollination Group: C
Keswick Codlin: Found growing on a heap of rubbish at Gleaston Castle near Ulverston in Lancashire. It was recorded in 1793. Fruits have soft, rather coarse-textured, somewhat dry and acid flesh. Picking time: Mid August. Pollination Group: A
Lord Derby: Raised by Witham, Stockport, Cheshire. It was first recorded in 1862. Fruits are rather coarse textured, somewhat dry with a subacid flavour. Cooks well. Picking time: Late September. Pollination Group: D
Peasgood Nonsuch: Raised by Mrs Peasgood at Stamford in Lincolnshire from seed sown in about 1858. Received First Class Certificate from Royal Horticultural Society in 1872. Fruits are a little coarse textured, moderately juicy and a little sweet. Cooks well. Picking time: Mid September. Pollination Group: C
Ribston Pippin: Raised at Ribston Hall in Yorkshire from seed brought from Rouen, and planted in about 1707. Received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1962. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, moderately juicy flesh with a rich aromatic flavour.Picking time: Late September. Pollination Group: B
Beurre Hardy: Raised in about 1820 by M. Bonnet, a friend of Dr Van Mons, at Boulogne, France. It was named after M. Hardy, the director of the Luxembourg gardens. Introduced in about 1940. Fruits have white tinged pink, tender flesh with a rose water flavour. Pollination Group: D
Doyenne Du Comice: Raised by the Horticultural Society of Maine et Loire, Angers, France. First fruited in 1849. Introduced to England in 1858 by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. Fruits have pale yellow, extremely melting, juicy flesh with a delicate and delicious flavour. Pollination Group: D
Merton Pride: Raised in 1941 by M B Crane at the John Innes Horticultural Institute in Merton, London from a cross between Glou Morceau and Double Williams (a mutation of Williams Bon Chretien). It was first named Merton Favorite in 1953 and then renamed Merton Pride in 1957. Pollination Group: C
Please note, all of the apples are on MM106 semi-vigorous root stock and all of the pears are on Quince A semi-dwarfing.