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Alfriston apple

A well-regarded 19th century English cooking apple, which cooks down to a puree.

Last updated 29 Dec 2013.

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Current rating: 2.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 3

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16 Nov 2011 
Yes, Alfriston apples keep for a very long time in simple conditions. So far, my bush-tree has not been as resistant to powdery mildew as I had hoped - resistance to mildew seems to be only about average. No problems with other pests or diseases. My tree is a part-tip bearer, which I have not seen mentioned in literature (part-tip-bearers are arguably the most attractive-looking trees). This tip-bearing tends to pull the branches down - into the slightly more spreading shape mentioned by Bob. Its growth rate is slightly faster than average.

14 Nov 2011 
Excellent keeper (once used on long voyages by sailing ships for its good keeping qualities) and very good flavour in my opinion. Regular cropper and the apples are very resistant to low temperatures. Should be grown much more than it is as a good garden variety. Fairly upright in growth in its early years but more spreading as the tree develops. Hope this encourages more people to grow it!

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A large traditional English cooking apple.

Alfriston phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Sussex, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: Late 1700s
  • Developed by: Mr Shepherd of Uckfield
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1608
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-178


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters


  • Scab  - Some resistance

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
    One of the best culinary apples of the 19th century.

Alfriston identification photos from official fruit collections

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Alfriston identification photos from website visitors


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