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Can anyone tell me what type of apples they are

my sister has an apple tree, the 3 variety, it’s now about 20 years old.
She did take samples of the apples to the nursery where she bought it from all those years ago, but nobody could identify
Any help would be gladly appreciated 


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,441
    If you cut them in half , are the seeds black or still white.? If black it is an early type. They look similar to my Discovery apple, which I am starting to pick.   I am also picking a Tydemans  Early Worcester, this develops a pink flush on the fruit under the skin.  Both have Worcester apple in their parentage. 
     The other way to identify is to take them along to one of the RHS apple days, but they are usually later on, so early varieties are past it by then.  

    You need to be a member of the RHS for them to identify your fruit.

  • Centre one looks like it might have Codling moth btw.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,437
    Well if the nursery didn't know I'm not sure any of us would but I can take a guess too..

    As you have a 3 in one tree, I'll go with..
    top..Red Windsor or some other Cox derivative..
    lower.. Worcester Pearmain

    .. all 3 are compatible for pollination..

    It may be a bit early for Spartan but if you cut it in half, the flesh should be white, firm, with a red line just under the skin.
    East Anglia, England
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,580
    Brogdale do identifications - but it is not a cheap service
    Rutland, England
  • Many thanks to you all for your kind replies, it’s a great help
  • Wisley used to do a free apple identification service, probably no longer available.
    You have to send 5 typical fruit to them. I have used them twice in the past, they named an apple growing in a garden I inherited, it was a very old variety called King of the Pippins, sadly the tree died a few years later, and an apple in my daughter's garden which they thought was Cornish Longkeeper. An old Cornish variety, the tree is still going strong.
  • Centre one looks like it might have Codling moth btw.
    Many thanks
    my sister has a moth trap in the tree I ask what more can she do to stop this, she has just cut quite a few apples and they all have had a visit from the moth
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,441
    I have codling moth traps up, but a huge amount of the apples are damaged. I cut out the good bits and stew and freeze them.
  • yes, seems the best thing to do, many thanks to you.
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