I grew this apple for about ten years in the Midlands in a heavy clay soil. It was too sour
for my taste, but had a pleasant strong flavour in sunny years. It is fairly early and doesn't
really keep, though in a cellar an excess will last for about 4 weeks, during which time
it can be used up.
The tree is susceptible to woolly aphis and canker, and my apples were rarely without black
blotches (and a touch of canker), which is a fairly good way of identifying the variety, at least in this area. The picture
shows apples from Church Stretton, and by the look of it, they get as many blotches as me.
Scott's catalogue describes it as crisp and richly flavoured, shiny, well striped, a prolific cropper doing well
in the north, and apt to canker in poor soils.
Deacon's catalogue adds the following information - can be used as a cooker; delicious flavour, easy
to grow, and prolific. Of
Scottish origin; "a must for every garden". Origin: Edinburgh, 1893.
Pictures (click on small images for detail):
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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