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Devonshire Quarrenden apple

Devonshire Quarrenden is a very old English apple variety, thought to have orginated from south-west England, but quite widely grown in Victoria times.

It ripens very early in the season and does not keep.  it has remained popular because of the distinctive strawberry flavour which can be discerned in some examples - although in our experience it can be elusive and very dependent on the time of picking.

This strawberry note is an interesting example of the diversity of flavours that can be found in apples, and can sometimes be found in its offspring, of which Worcester Pearmain is the most well-known.

Devonshire Quarrenden also has a tendency for the red skin to bleed into the flesh slightly, and it may occasionally have red flecks within the flesh.

Last updated 27 Dec 2013.

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Current rating: 4.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 2

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22 Jul 2014 
As an update - I had no crop in the 2012 crop but a good crop in 2013. This year, there is again no crop. The variety appears to be showing some fairly strong biennial behaviour. The growth habit with no pruning is very upright. 2013 fruits were very small. Taste is vinous rather than aromatic and while incomparably better than shop bought Golden Delicious is still disappointing against the likes of a Claygate Pearmain, lacking any real depth or complexity of flavour. A decent early variety but not outstanding.

19 Feb 2012 
I planted one of these in 2011 and it blessed me with a couple of fruits. I probably should have allowed it but couldn't help myself. The texture of this apple is not crisp, it rather melting and the flavour is delicate rather than strong, even perhaps slightly watery. You need to close your eyes and concentrate on the flavours which are complex but lacking in intensity. Attractive slightly flattened apples. Good for an early and ready several weeks before the Discoveries hit the supermarket shelves, but it wont keep. Not that thats a problem since I'll scoff the lot within a week anyway.

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A very old English apple variety, historically important because of its strawberry-like flavour.

Devonshire Quarrenden phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Devon or south-west England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 17th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1604
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-189


  • Fruit colour: Red


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: Does not keep
  • Vitamin C content: Low


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Blossom frost-resistance: Susceptible


  • Scab  - Very resistant

Relationships to other varieties

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Devonshire Quarrenden identification photos from official fruit collections

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • May  2017  - tree owned by Stefan in UPPSALA, Sweden

2014 season

  • 5th April  2014  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom
  • 8th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 2nd May  2012  - tree owned by Alan in NEWPORT-ON-TAY, United Kingdom
  • 4th April  2012  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 2nd May  2011  - tree owned by Ron in ALCALDE, United States
  • 21st April  2011  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • May  2010  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • May  2009  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

    2014 season

      2013 season

      • September  2013  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

      2012 season

      • September  2012  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom
      • January  2012  - tree owned by Katrina in NELSON, New Zealand

      2011 season

      • September  2011  - tree owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom
      • 3rd week August  2011  - tree owned by Peter in HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, United Kingdom
      • 3rd week July  2011  - tree owned by Ron in ALCALDE, United States

      2010 season

        2009 season

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