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Ashmead's Kernal

Apple – National Heritage

Ashmead's Kernal


Apple – National Heritage


Mid October



Planting Position


An old traditional English russet, classed as one of the best late dessert apples. The fruit is pale green with white flesh which has a rare and distinctive flavour, quite different from most other varieties -. strong, sweet-sharp, intense flavour reminiscent of the sweets known as pear drops. Raised by Dr Ashmead in his own garden in Gloucester, England; probably originated in about 1700 and was widely grown around Gloucestershire at that time. Featured in the catalogue of the Brompton Park Nursery in 1780. In the first half of the 20th century it fell into obscurity but later received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993. The trees have attractive blossom - Beautiful large white flowers in the spring. It's an excellent keeper, until March in ideal conditions, producing fine juice that can be used for cider., Cropping can be irregular.

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