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Bess Pool apple

Discovered growing in a wood by Bess Pool, and subsequently introduced by local nurseryman Pearson of Chilwell in 1824.

USDA identification images for Bess Pool

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    United Kingdom



    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2014 season

    • May  2014  - tree owned by J in Whitchurch, United Kingdom

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 4th week March  2018  - tree owned by Zandra in Wehla, Australia


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1824
    • Developed by: Bess Pool
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-209


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Flowering group: 5
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

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    The following orchards grow Bess Pool:



    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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