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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.



Devonshire Quarrenden identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 15 Aug 2018  Chris,  DEVON, United Kingdom
    2018 crop the heaviest of the past few years. Lovely deep red colour- we've had such a hot, sunny summer that may be a factor. Better rounded flavor this year
  • 22 Jul 2014  jonewer,  SURREY, United Kingdom
    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  jonewer,  SURREY, United Kingdom
    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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Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 3rd May  2018  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2017 season

  • May  2017  - tree owned by Stefan in Uppsala, Sweden
  • 22nd April  2017  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 9th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 9th May  2015  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

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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Harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 2nd week August  2017  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 4th week August  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 4th week August  2015  - tree owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

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

Origins

  • 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

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red

Using

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

Growing

  • 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

Climate

  • Blossom frost-resistance: Susceptible

Offspring of this variety


Diseases

  • Scab  - Very resistant


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References

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor


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