SLOG Members' Best Varieties 2012

We asked SLOG members for their opinions on the best varieties in their orchards, and here are the results.

In addition, we also asked about disease susceptabilty. As you can see, some varieties get a mixed review, but we hope that this helps anyone in the North West of England choose a variety.

We've set up a blog page, so you can add any comments about trees you may have yourself. You may also wish to look at Mark's recommended list, for north Cumbria.

Varieties
Good VarietyCankerousScabby Does not do wellDescription
Adams Pearmain
Y   Good tasting long keeping disease resistant apple
Allington Pippin
YY    Mid season dual purpose
Annie Elizabeth
YY xxxx 
Api
Y    
Ard Cairn Russet
   x 
Arthur Turner
YY xx 
YYY   Good aromatic flavour (if kept). Scab resistant. Also good in cider.
Autumn Harvest
YYY   A green apple which was once grown in every Westmorland orchard. Genetically indistinguisable from Rev. W. Wilks, but flesh is said to be coarser.
Bardsey [renamed Merlin]
YYY   A new apple from the island of Bardsey is said to be very disease resistant and is now growing in the Lune gorge successfully
Beauty of Bath
Y    
Belle de Boskoop
YY    
Bess Pool
Y    
Blenheim Orange
YYx xLate dual purpose
YYY x Mid dual purpose. Found on the mosses at Witherslack by Mr Robert Bradley. Defies the wet conditions. An oval dual purpose apple and a very strong grower.
Bramley
YYxxxxxxWell known cooker
Brownlees Russet
Y    
Burr Knot
YYY   A plain apple of the "burr knot" type. Grows in the Lune valley in the Cumbrian fells.
Carlisle Codlin
Y    
Catshead
Y x  
Charles Ross
YY   Mid dual purpose. Red striped apple, a bit bigger than most eaters.
Cockpit
YYY   A Yorkshire apple. Green cooker with tough glossy skin but very disease resistant. "Improved Cockpit" is dual purpose.
Court Pendu plat
 xx x 
Cox Pomona
 x   
Cox's Orange Pippin
Yxxx 
Crispin
 xxx 
Cybele
Y    
Dabinett
YY x Bittersweet apple of vintage quality.
Dales Seedling
YY    
D'Arcy Spice
   x 
Devonshire Quarrenden
YY x  
Discovery
YYY  xWidely available apple. Round and red flushed. Much loved by organic growers. Raised in 1949. Blossom said to tolerate frost. Slow to crop.
Diva
   x 
Y    
Duchesses Favourite
  x  
YYY   A green apple with some russet. Excellent flavour (if kept). It came from Holker Hall and was raised by the head gardener .
Edward VII
Y   A round green late apple recommended for the north. Scab reistant
Egremont Russet
Yxxx 
Ellison's Orange
Y xx Mid season dessert
Emperor Alexander
YY    
Fiesta
Yxxxx Mid dessert
Fillingham Pippin
YY   A "burr knot" apple, which will take from cuttings. Most burr knots are cookers but Fillingham pippin is a dual purpose apple.
Forty Shilling
Y    
French crab
Y    
Gascoigne Scarlet
Y    
George Cave
YYY   A red and green round- conical apple raised in Essex 1923. Crisp but fruit soon drops
Gladstone
Y    
Golden Delicious
Y    
Golden Spire
Y x Also known as Tom Matthews cider apple. Sharp apple that can also be used as an early cooker.
Gravenstein
YY   A yellow striped oblong apple. Arrived in Denmark in 1669 and brought to London in 1819. Crisp with good flavour. A red sport exists. [Needs two pollinators in group A or B].
Green Balsam
YY   A plain green Yorkshire apple which came top in tasting trials at Sizergh apple day some years ago
Greensleeves
Y x  
Greenup's Pippin /Yorkshire Beauty
YYY     x Grown by a shoemaker Mr. Greenup who lived in Keswick Cumbria Yellow with a red flush.
Grenadier
YY xxA large round -conical early cooker, very good for baking.
Herefordshire Russet
Y    
Herring's Pippin
  x  
Holstein
YY    
Howgate wonder
Yxx  
Ingrid Marie
  x  
Irish peach
Yxxx 
James Grieve
YYx xMid season dual purpose

YY

    
Jonagold
  xx 
Y xxMid dessert
YYY xxAn oval red flushed eating apple originally from Sweden. Available commercially. A hardy apple and a good pollinator.
YY   A well known Victorian favourite yellow early cooking apple. Quick to drop from the tree.
Yxx  
Kingston Black Cider
   x 
Krymsk
YY    
Lady Henniker
  xx 
Lady Sudeley
  x  
Lady's Delight
  x  
Lady's Finger of Lancaster
  x  
Lanes Prince Albert
YYYxxx Late keeping cooking apple green with red stripes.
Laxton's Epicure
YYYxx A round yellow and red striped early apple commercially available. Trees said to be hardy with some resistance to frost.
Laxton's Fortune
YYx  Mid dessert
Laxtons Superb
Y xxx 
Y    
Lord Derby
YY x A popular autumn cooker commercially available.
Lord Grosvenor
YYY   An early green- yellow apple. Grows in the Lune gorge in Westmorland.
YYxxxxx A crisp, tasty dessert apple, but prone to scab in the north west.
Major
Y   A commercially available red green crisp apple raise in 1907 by the famous Laxton brothers and suitable for most of Cumbria
Maltster
YY    Early bittersweet dual purpose variety.
Mere de Menage
  x  
Michaelmas Red
   x 
Millers Seedling
   x 
Monarch
Y    
Newton Wonder
YYY x  A late season cooker with a very large, with a sharp acidic flavour, which cooks down to a puree.The apples also store very well
Non Pareil
  xx 
YYY    A mid season cooker, grown at Appleby in Cumbria. A good scab free apple and a reliable cropper.
Park Farm Pippin
Y    
Peasgood Nonsuch
 xx  
Pig Aderyn
   x 
Pink Lady
  xx 
Y    
Pitmaston Pineapple
Y x  
Potts seedling
 x   
Prima
Y    
Proctors Seedling
YYY   Recommended by Phil Rainford. A round red striped apple much grown in north Lancashire.
Rankthorn
Y   A beautiful red striped apple in spite of its unpromising name. Local to Westmorland.
Red Balsam
YY    
Red Devil
YYY   A modern disease resistant red apple known to grow in the fells near Cartmel, Cumbria
Red Ellison
Yxx  
Red Falstaff
Y    
Red Gravenstein
Y   Mid dessert
Red Windsor
Y    
Rev Wilkes*
Y  xNot recommended on Variety register
YYY  xLate dessert. Red striped apple raised from a seed brought from Rouen in France to Knaresborough Yorkshire in 1688. Highest content of vitamin c of any apple. Very good flavour. Parent of cox -orange pippin. A strong growing triploid variety.
Rosemary Russet
Y    
Royal George
Y   A huge yellow Lancashire apple, which can weigh over a pound.
Royal Jubilee
YYY   A disease free cooking apple recommended for frost pockets.
Saturn
Y    
YYYxxx Mid season dual purpose. Conical, red green cooker with prominent ribs. The favourite in Cumbria and North Lancs. Very good keeper and in a warm season pleasant to eat. One of the finest flavour apples for juicing.
Scrumptious
Y    
Somerset Redstreak
  x  
Spartan
YxxxMid season dessert
St Cecilia
   x 
St. Edmund's Russet
YY   Early dessert. Raised in 1870 The earliest russet and much better than Egremont russet in the North West.
Stirling Castle
   x 
YYxxxxMid season dessert
YYY   From Whitebeck Orchard, in the Lythe valley, a red striped strong growing cooking apple.
Tom Putt
YYx  Early cider/cooker. Strong growing bright red cooking or cider apple. Also an acceptable eater after a month or two in store.
Tower of Glamis
YY   A reliable green cooking apple from Scotland . Less acidity then a Bramley but good disease resistance.
Tremletts Bitter (cider)
YYxx Bittersweet apple with hard tannins - use in blending.
Tydemans late orange
   x 
Unamed Russet
  x  
Wareham Russet
YY    
Warners King
YYxx   
Winter Cockpit
Y    
Winter Gem
  xxxx 
YY xxEarly eater
Yorkshire Aromatic
Y