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Apple - Ben's Red

£25.00 - £37.00
Ready to pick: 
Use fruit: 
September - October
Group B (self-sterile)
Botanic Name: 
Malus domestica 'Ben's Red'
Cornwall,UK (1830)


Wonderful early season apple, raised around 1830 by Ben Roberts of Trannack, Cornwall. Samples were later sent to the nurserymen G Bunyard of Maidstone in Kent, who officially introduced it in the 1890's. Thought to have Devonshire Quarrenden as a prent, it is very similar to its illustrious parent - deep maroon red skin and pink-tinged flesh - but for many is even better. It stores a little longer, and the flavour is crisp and sweet with definite overtones of strawberry and raspberry. For a while in the early 1900's this supplanted Worcester Pearmain as 'the' early season apple, but has gradually lost out to Worcester in commercial plantings. A real pity, as it is a superb early apple.

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