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Cornish Aromatic apple

Cornish Aromatic

Cornish Aromatic is an elegant old-fashioned apple variety from Cornwall.  The skin is rough and dry and and looks and feels like an expensive but worn old tapestry.  The flesh is firm, not particularly juicy, and the flavour is quite rich with a hint of pineapple.

It is quite a good apple tree for the garden, being easy to grow and resistant to the main apple diseases.

In a good summer (e.g. 2006) this is a very enjoyable apple.

Cornish Aromatic apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Cornish Aromatic

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 19 Feb 2017  HIGHFIELD1999@TISCALI.CO.UK, United Kingdom
      very late tree ,picking 2nd week in November at earliest. Keeps well into February ...if I havnt eaten it. Like this apple , its quite unusual . Matt skin , strawberry coloured flush . Flesh extremely hard.
    • 10 May 2011  VICTORIA, Australia
      Purchased from Tasmanian Orchard 2007 Looking for a Michaelmas Pippin without success. This seemed to be the nearest to it. Have had three fantastic crops for a small tree. The last tree to pick in April. Still storing well into May. Superb flavour, much enjoyed.
    • 17 Sep 2008  SOMERSET, United Kingdom
      A Cornish friend, peggy Tigwell, tells me that this type was in her grandmother's garden, where it was called 'Sweet lark'. Couldn't be a prettier name, could there!
    • 15 Nov 2007  SUTTON COLDFIELD, United Kingdom
      I planted this apple a few years ago and its just starting to crop heavily.Fruit still on the tree but I must pick them before the birds eat them all.Great firm apple

    Tree register

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    United Kingdom



    New Zealand

    • Giles in HAMILTON, WAIKATO


    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2020 season

    • 27th April  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

    2019 season

    • 2nd May  2019  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

    2018 season

    • 22nd April  2018  - tree owned by deadbird in , United Kingdom

    2015 season

    • 30th April  2015  - tree owned by Ilario in Fossano, Italy

    2013 season

    • 19th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
    • 18th May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2020 season

    • 4th week October  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

    2015 season

    • 3rd week October  2015  - tree owned by Ilario in Fossano, Italy
    • 4th week September  2015  - tree owned by deadbird in , United Kingdom

    2013 season

    • October  2013  - tree owned by James in London, United Kingdom

    2010 season

    • 3rd week October  2010  - tree owned by Marilyn in Tiverton, United Kingdom
    • September  2010  - tree owned by Nish in Chulmleigh, United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Unknown, probably very old
    • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1813
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1920-020


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Under-rated
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
    • Vitamin C content: Medium
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Persistent
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking period: mid-October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Canker: Very resistant
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Cornish Aromatic apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Cornish Aromatic:

    United States

    United Kingdom



    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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