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Duchess's Favourite apple

Duchess's Favourite is a traditional English summer apple, originating from Surrey in the early 19th century.  The fruits take on a pretty red flush

The flavour is sharp, acidic, but fairly mild.  It is pleasant enough when eaten straight from the tree but there are many better varieties now available which ripen at the same time, such as Discovery.

The flesh can have some pink staining, which is also found in Beauty of Bath and Discovery, suggesting there may be some relation to them.

Last updated 05 Jan 2015.

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Duchess's Favourite is a small red traditional summer eating apple from the 19th century.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1800
  • Developed by: Mr Cree of Addlestone
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2176
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-031

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Duchess's Favourite identification photos from official fruit collections

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Duchess's Favourite identification photos from website visitors

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United Kingdom

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Linda in Nuneaton, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 28th April  2012  - tree owned by Linda in Nuneaton, United Kingdom

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