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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.

Duchess's Favourite identification images

USDA identification images for Duchess's Favourite

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

    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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    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Introduced: 1800
    • Developed by: Mr Cree of Addlestone


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom

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    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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