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Adams's Pearmain apple


Adams's Pearmain is a an old-fashioned late dessert apple, one of the most popular varieties in Victorian England, probably originating from Norfolk. It has an attractive 'pearmain' shape.

This is a fairly dry apple - which is perhaps not regarded as a desirable attribute today. Inspite of this it is actually a very enjoyable apple, with a rich aromatic flavour which in apple terms is usually described as 'nutty' - a quality it shares with another popular Victorian apple, the Egremont Russet.

There is some evidence that Adam's Pearmain is a triploid variety, with 3 sets of chromosomes instead of the usual 2 - or perhaps a partial triploid.  However it does not possess many of the typical features seen in triploid varieties (such as large size and vigour).

Although it had 'shelf appeal' for the Victorian housewife, its autumnal colouring is probably too subdued to compete with the bright young things of the modern supermarket shelves. Perhaps this is part of its appeal; it recalls a bygone era where subtlety of flavour was appreciated - a lovely apple to savour in front of an open fire on a cold winter's day.

 



Adams's Pearmain identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Apple - possibly Adams Pearmain
    Copyright: Paul Thoroughgood

  • Main view - possible Adams Pearmain
    Copyright: Terry Broughton

  • Sliced view
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Visitor reviews

  • 24 Oct 2016  Marion,  SOMERSET, United Kingdom
    just bought a couple to try at North Perrott fruit farm near Crewkerne in Somerset. I struggle with really tart apples but my partner loves them and this is a good compromise as it has the flavour and tang without being too much for me. I agree with previous comments. Lovely fruit.
  • 11 Nov 2014  Felicity Randall,  United Kingdom
    Bought this variety on Fakenham Market, Norfolk last week. Very large fruit with delicious flavour - will definitely buy again.
  • 11 Dec 2011  Andy,  GLOUCESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom
    I bought these from a local orchard. I agree with the earlier comments, but would go further and say that the intensity of the flavour beats even the Cox's Orange Pippin, with which it is quite similar. One of my favourites.
  • 16 Nov 2010  Francis Henderson,  CO ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND, United Kingdom
    Recently I inherited my late grand father's Victorian house. There is the remains of an orchard which still contains four original apple trees. One of the trees this year bore copious apples which I had never seen before. I was looking through the web tonight and came upon your web site and I am delighted to find that my apple tree is definitely an Adam's Pearman variety. It has the shape shown in this article and looks identical when sliced having little stars mainly five pointed and a few four pointed 'stars'. I would agree with the comments of David from Leeds, Yorkshire when says " The texture is appealing and unusual - you could call it 'dry' but the apple is not short of juice. The flavours are enhanced by acids which seem to get better as you eat more of the fruit. Not unlike a good Mosel wine!". Please find some photos which I took this evening.
  • 11 Nov 2010  Brigid Moran,  WESTMEATH, Ireland
    Info on olde pearmain apple trees and where to purchase them in Ireland
  • 05 Nov 2008  Sue Cooke,  RUTLAND, ENGLAND, United Kingdom
    Our neighbour has this tree in the garden, which used to form part of an orchard to 'the Hall' The fruit is very tasty and makes an excellent apple juice, pink and slightly tart. Keeps well. Nice to be able to identify it from this website.
  • 29 Oct 2008  David,  LEEDS, YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
    I tasted this apple at an orchard near York last weekend and bought a couple of kilos. The texture is appealing and unusual - you could call it 'dry' but the apple is not short of juice. The flavours are enhanced by acids which seem to get better as you eat more of the fruit. Not unlike a good Mosel wine! I'm looking forward to eating more.
  • 20 Oct 2008  Chris Baldwin,  SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    Just bought some of these from the Sheffield Wholesale Market to sell in our shop - Beanies. They were grown at Brogdale. I would agree with the comment above - they are tart and tasty with a good crisp flesh. The fruit is quite small but that might be to do with the age of the trees they came from.
  • 29 Sep 2008  Mary,  ALEXANDRIA, OH, United States
    I just bought a peck of these delicious apples today. I would describe them as tart and very flavorful. My favorite!

Tree register

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 7th May  2018  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2017 season

  • 25th April  2017  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 13th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 11th May  2015  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 22nd April  2013  - tree owned by John in Ayr, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 1st week October  2017  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • November  2016  - tree owned by Robert in Crediton, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week October  2016  - tree owned by Nigel in Ryton Dorrington Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week October  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 2nd week October  2015  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 2nd week March  2013  - tree owned by Fiona in Mt Barker, Australia
  • March  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in Nelson, New Zealand

2012 season

  • 2nd week October  2012  - tree owned by Dan in Killarney, Ireland

2011 season

  • 2nd week October  2011  - tree owned by Henry in Newport (Pembs), United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 2nd week October  2010  - tree owned by Henry in Newport (Pembs), United Kingdom
  • 2nd week October  2010  - tree owned by Adam in Alloa, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 2nd week October  2009  - tree owned by Henry in Newport (Pembs), United Kingdom

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1826
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1001
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1976-137

Identification

  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months

Growing

  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid Possibly triploid?
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


Where to buy trees

The following fruit tree nurseries offer Adams's Pearmain apple trees for sale:

  • Cummins Nursery
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Where to buy fresh fruit

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References

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor


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