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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 photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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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
  • Originates from: Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1800
  • Developed by: Mr Cree of Addlestone
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2176
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-031

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  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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