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Emneth Early apple

Last updated 15 May 2013.

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05 Aug 2018 
I have inherited an Emneth Early tree. The tree is about 15 feet in height but needs some pruning as has not been touched for a few years. It has a lot of beautiful apples on it. They are a good large palm size and a pale greenish yellow. Their smell has subtle sweet floral notes with the flesh being tart and quite soft and not so crunchy unless eaten straight from the tree! The apples start to fall in late July early August. They do not keep at all well but make great purée and also are nice to dehydrate as apple rings. Nice apples but not if you want keepers.

24 Sep 2017 
Back in the 1940s a school friend in Wisbech near Emneth had an Emneth Early apple tree. I took loads home for mum to cook with. Those apples that ripened on the tree turned a pale yellow, and made a good eating apple. Today I live in Rutland. My neighbour has a 68 year old Emneth Early tree, still bearing fruit and in excellent condition. These are the only two trees of type I have seen.

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Also known as Early Victoria, Emneth Early is a very early-season "codlin" type apple. It was grown commercially in East Anglia and elsewhere, particularly for jam production.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Lord Grosvenor x Keswick Codlin
  • Originates from: Emneth, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1899
  • Developed by: William Lynn,
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2076
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1975-321


  • Fruit colour: Green


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Blossom frost-resistance: Some resistance

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1899


  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Mildew  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Also known as

  • Early Victoria

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