English Apples - James Grieve

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):


stored until October; over-ripe...... September, peak condition

compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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