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Egremont Russet apple

Egremont Russet

Egremont Russet is a classic English russet apple from the Victorian era.  Whilst russet apples have generally fallen out of favour, Egremont Russet remains popular with discerning apple lovers who appreciate its unique flavour and apearance.

Part of its enduring success is down to niche marketing. This is an apple that dares to be different ! It is a russet-skinned variety with a dry flesh - a style of apple that has not attracted the attentions of mainstream apple breeders, but nevertheless seems to have a dedicated following. Also, inspite of its unique appearance, Egremont Russet has many of the characteristics which mark out a good apple: a harmony of flavour and texture, and a good balance between sweetness and sharpness.

The difference is evident as soon as you pick it up. The skin is entirely covered with "russet", which feels like very fine sandpaper. Some other varieties have streaks of russet, notably Cox's Orange Pippin, but in Egremont Russet it completely dominates the appearance. The colour is an attractive dull gold flecked with yellow.

Egremont Russet is a medium-sized apple. The flesh seems quite dry and gets drier with keeping - it is moist rather than juicy. Traditionally described as "nutty", the flavour is more delicate than most varieties, and quite sweet. Both the flavour and the soft flesh are reminiscent of a firm pear. Yet Egremont Russet is surprisingly versatile, working well in savoury salads for example, and a popular partner for cheese.

If you are used to a modern, smooth-skinned, crisp apple then the sandpaper finish of a russet apple like Egremont Russet may sound distinctly un-appealing, but this is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. It may be very different, but it undoubtedly works - definitely worth a try !

Egremont Russet apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Egremont Russet

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

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Egremont Russet

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

Visitor reviews

  • 23 Dec 2023 
    A family favourite. My Dad was a greengrocer and this was his -and is my -favourite apple
  • 17 Dec 2023 
    My favourite apple by a long yardstick. Colour, texture, fleshiness and flavour all win the day.
  • 11 Dec 2023 
    When I was small we had a russet apple tree in the garden. After picking they were wrapped in newspaper and stored under the bed for Christmas, when they would be ready
  • 23 Oct 2023 
    Alongside Cox's Orange Pippin it is my favourite
  • 21 Aug 2023 
    If only they were available in Australia 😪
  • 14 Sep 2022 
    My favourite from the age of 10. Unfortunately these russets don't seem to be available west of Ontario and they are getting hard to find in Quebec.
  • 12 Sep 2022 
    My favourite apple, a good ripe one is a prefect mix of crunch, sweet and tart with a very distinctive flavour. A local fruiterer gets these in every year when they're in season, knowing they'll have quite a few enthusiastic customers. Fruiterer himself hates them, and they do seem to divide opinion in to love/hate camps, but those who like them tend to adore them. I rate them for cooking too, assuming I can keep them long enough to not just eat them!
  • 26 Nov 2019  LONDON, United Kingdom
    My Wife Calls them "Man Apples" Ha. Blackheath Farmers Market. Goes well with mature Goats Cheese. Yum.
  • 15 Oct 2019  ANGUS, United Kingdom
    Good flavour, easy to grow, clean fruit. However it is the least tasty of the russets despite being the most famous. Wheelers Russet, Herefordshire Russet, Siddington Russet and especially St Edmunds are much tastier overall
  • 20 Jan 2019  DEVON, United Kingdom
    I just love these apples .I wait all year for the season and this year I cannot get them !! Where can I get them in Devon please ?
  • 06 Oct 2018  ABERDEEN, United Kingdom
    I have been enjoying these apples for years. They have a nutty, sweetness to them.Of late I think the ones in supermarkets have been picked too early - I usually leave them for a week or two in a bowl and think they are the better for that.
  • 14 Dec 2016  ROSS & CROMARTY, United Kingdom
    I decided to plant three small apple trees on my new allotment in 2012, and having read up a lot on suitable varieties for the climate here (Easter Ross, Scotland - milder and dryer than you might think ;), I decide to include an Eggremeont Russet along with a Sunset and a Red Falstaff. My late mother was from Sussex, and she was always keen on the russet apples that she remembered form her youth, so I thought I’d give this a try. Initially this has been disappointing. I was careful to remove all fruit during the first two years so as to encourage fruiting limb growth, but last year I left a few fruits on the tree to ripen. Unfortunately, as for most in the UK, and certainly in the northern parts, 2015 was a poor summer with little heat. Weeks of grey dull and cool weather instead, and though I left the fruit on the tree for as long as I could, the apples were nice enough but didn’t have the rich nuttiness that I was expecting. However, this year they have been a revelation. Frankly the summer weather still wasn’t great this year, but much better than last. I had to thin the fruit three times during the season, eventually reducing the total to about 24 or 26 on the 2m tree. Again I left the fruit as long as I could to ripen, and it was well worth the wait. The resulting apples have been everything I’d hoped for. Matt, dull skin, crisp golden flesh, and a rich nutty flavour with a marked pear-flavour overtones. Magnificent. I’ve given a few of these precious fruit to neighbours, and they have asked for more insisting they are the best apples they’ve ever eaten. I have high hopes for next year.
  • 22 Feb 2015  OSLO, Norway
    Found the apple in the organic part of Queen Victoria market in Melbourne. Medium to size. Great texture, nice to hold in your hand before eating. Pleasant taste, too. A favorite.
  • 07 Dec 2012  DERBY, United Kingdom
    Egremont Russet is the best apple I have tasted. It's alleged to keep well, but I can never keep them for long as they get eaten so quickly. I made cider with them last year and very good too, though 10% alcohol as suggested elsewhere seems a bit high. I got abv of around 6.8%.
  • 27 Sep 2012  CANADA, Canada
    I have to egrette russet apple trees had them for seven years this is the first year i got apples nice size too but apples only on one tree the other tree doesn't even flower although i fertilized both this summer...
  • 14 Nov 2010  KITCHENER, Canada
    I grew up in northern region of Croatia called Hrvatsko Zagorje where among other apple trees in our orchard we had one big hollow tree called Kanada ( Canada ). Couple of decades ago my family immigrated to Canada and I was suprised that "Kanada" apple was nowhere to be found in the country it was named for. Recently I went to the St. Jacob's farmers market in Waterloo and there they were; apples that we called Kanada in Europe are called Russet in Canada.
  • 05 Oct 2010  CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom
    Ray Dempsey I would try taking several substantial root cuttings next year, giving them good soil, adequate water and growing them for the 2011 summer season. In early spring 2012, take grafts from the young vigorous shoots at the top of the tree and graft these to the root cuttings. You should then have an *exact* copy of the rootstock and scion (assuming that your tree was grafted). Most apples trees are grafted onto the roots of a different apple tree, so simply trying to grow a root cutting will not result in the same kind of fruit - rootstocks often produce crab apples or poor quality apples, unless grafted. Alternatively, buy some pieces of rootstock from a nursery and graft them with your chosen variety. Some nurseries will offer to do this for you.
  • 04 Oct 2010  NOVA SCOTIA, Canada
    Here in Nova Scotia we call them Golden Russets. I have an old tree on my property with a hollowed-out trunk, but it still is full of apples. I am checking out how I can get another tree started from this very old tree. Any ideas? Thanks.
  • 03 Oct 2010  NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, United Kingdom
    We have just visited the Apple Day at East Markham, Notts, where they have a Heritage Orchard with over 300 varieties of apple..............I didn't try them all, but the Egremont Russet was the best, reminded me of 'scrumping' apples in Kent orchards as a kid!
  • 08 Sep 2010  TRENTO, Italy
    I've tasted this variety years ago when I came first time to London, so that I stuck the little label of the apple on my camera... because I found it unusually delicious! I would like to plant many trees of this variety on my little land (among the Alps, where I live). How can I buy specimens of it easily? I don't think nurseries here grow this variety, but I'm available to import the plants if necessary. Thank you!
  • 05 Sep 2010  HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
    Alan, near Petersfield, UK I have a mature Egremont Russet and cannot eat or store all the apples. So I make wonderful cider with this variety. It has a rich russet colour and flavour and a powerful kick because, when made with fully ripe apples, the jiuce has a potential alcohol of >10% if fermented to dryness. Only problem is the apples are very hard and it is difficult work to grind the pulp, but well worth it. The high alcohol content means that the cider keeps well and will continue to improve for a year or two.
  • 03 Sep 2010  NOVA SCOTIA, Canada
    Problem with many of the posts - Egremont is only one russet; there are many others. (I have Egremont, Roxbury and Swayzie Russets in my own orchard, and there are dozens of others).
  • 08 Aug 2010  VICTORIA, Australia
    Roxanna, If you are looking for a Egremont Russet plant to grow in Australia, you can try Woodbridge Fruit Trees from Tasmania. They will post out to any states in Australia except Western Australia. I think they will even sell them overseas subject to quarantine laws. So if you are from Perth, then too bad but give them a call anyway and they can advise you further. Their link is Goodluck.
  • 31 Jul 2010  Australia
    I've absolutely loved russet apples for many years.. but having moved out to Australia, unfortunately they are not available here... i have been hoping to somehow have a go at growing a plant/tree here but dont know where to start.. any suggestions pls???
  • 23 Jul 2010  VICTORIA, Australia
    I last posted a comment on this site on 2 March 2008 regarding russet apples and after more than 2 years of phoning and asking around Nurseries in Australia, I've managed to locate and order a couple of bare rooted Egremont apple trees from where else but of course Tasmania, the Apple Isle in Australia !! Most born and bred Australians have not even heard of Russets let alone tasted one. So you can just imaging how excited I was to be able to acquire it here in Australia !!! It is currently winter in the southern hemisphere and the nursery will be posted it out to me in Melbourne in the next few weeks. Looking forward to planting them and see whether all my efforts will actually bear fruit, no punt intended!!!
  • 20 Mar 2010  LEICS., United Kingdom
    Probably my favourite apple. Dense and dry flesh that has as unique a flavour as Cox's. It eats well in almost any state - wizzened it is sweeter and still good eating, if a little woolly.
  • 04 Oct 2009  SURREY, ENGLAND, United Kingdom
    Used to scrump russets, and others from a neglected orchard on our way home from school in Canada , not fr from St. Catharines. Must have been small because I remember getting lost in the tall grass . Now have taken over a small old orchard with a russet tree! I never forgot the taste of them picked as they had fallen to the ground.They are definitely my favourite.
  • 14 Sep 2009  ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO., Canada
    Most of the apples sold in the stores are not very flavourful. I stopped eating apples until I was given a russet. "Not very nice to look at," I thought. What a surprise when I bit into it, absolutely delicious and a flavour which made all other apples seem like tasting a wooden stick. Russets are the way to go, you can keep all the other varieties
  • 06 Sep 2009  GIBSONS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada
    Thanks to this site, I identified the apple tree in my yard as Egremont Russet. It's unique flavor and skin is very enjoyable, although the flesh does go brown quickly.
  • 11 May 2009  STOCKHOLM , Sweden
    Attn: Kerie Wallace (Mr) (Private individual) It's suggested that because of the porous nature of the Russet's skin, they tend to lose their moisture quickly and dry out when kept in a dry environment. They are supposed to fare better when kept in a cool, humid atmosphere.
  • 11 May 2009  STOCKHOLM , Sweden
    These apples were part of ofmy fondest memories as a kid in Ontario Canada in the 60's. Someone needs to start a Facebook group, "Bring Back The Russet!"
  • 27 Apr 2009  DUKES CO., MASSACHUSETTS, United States
    We are looking for an egremont russet, already grafted, to replace an old apple tree that was struck by lightning. Does anyone out there have one?
  • 27 Mar 2009  WOODSTOCK, NB, United States
    Russets arrive in the grocery stores here just before Christmas and, for me, they are one of the Christmas foods that I always want to have, like mince tarts, Christmas Pudding, and shortbread. They are so tart and crisp, and always remind me of childhood Christmases
  • 16 Jan 2009  EGREMONT, United Kingdom
    Kathryn the apples from egremont, medieval market town in the lake district. google gurning youl see what were also famous for
  • 16 Dec 2008  LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    Hi Paul!!!! It's amazing that two russet lovers are in the SAME city, yet we've never met!? How many other devoted russetophiles are there in Merseysdie? I'm wondering about pruning my russet tree soon.... any tips?? ANYBODY???
  • 14 Dec 2008  LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    My dada used to grow russets when we were small we used to climb that tree and mama said it was v. dagereous but it was worth it to eat loads of "rustys" as we used to call them. Do any other russet fans out there have any similar hilarious anecdotes to share?
  • 09 Dec 2008  MA, United States
    I managed an orchard in VT that had this and some other russets. It was in East Calais in the area north of Montpelier. Russets are my favorites and most farmers I know favor them.
  • 05 Dec 2008  LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    Tell me about it Hoy Pal Oi!!!! I recently bought some beloved russets from a supermarket (I won't name and shame them but it rhymes with piddle!!) and I discovered that they were imported from Chile - Brrrrrrrr - probably in a deep chill container brrrr brrr !!! Still, they tasted jolly good even though they were produced by foreigners!!!
  • 28 Nov 2008  DANKEST WESTCOUNTRY, United Kingdom
    Certainly my current favourite. I've been trying to buy strictly GB apples for hippy nonsense reasons - and you always here oldies grumbling about how "oooh, england used to have a billion home grown varieties and now it's all uniform apples at sub zero temperatures shipped from the other side of the world!!"
  • 17 Nov 2008  WEST MIDLANDS, United Kingdom
    I feel guilty when I read all your comments about the russet apple, as I have two mature trees in the garden and only picked a handfull of apples to eat. I did however pick a couple of kilos of windfalls to make an apple jelly preserve and left the rest to the blackbirds (The birds must like them because upwards of 100 windfalls have all been eaten) .
  • 12 Nov 2008  ORISKANY FALLS,NEW YORK, United States
    I just bought Russet apples @ Twin Orchards in New Hartford, New York & I never saw nor tasted one before. They are sweet & the skin is good also, even tho it is not smooth as the apples i'm used to. A apple worth trying..
  • 10 Nov 2008  KENT, United Kingdom
    Sainsburys has had another batch in and just as superb as the previous. Wonderful balance of pear-acid-apple taste, and that distinctive bite. Nicely sized fruit, apparently from a local Kent farm.
  • 09 Nov 2008  MONTREAL, Canada
    I have always loved the Russet apple and was wondering where it originates from. I am curious to know if we grow them here in Quebec. We can buy them, but I am not certain of their origin. Some American colleagues of mine, from across the States, saw and tasted a Russet apple for the first time today, which surprised me, since the apple dates back to my childhood years!
  • 08 Nov 2008  STAFFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom
    Reply to Harold from Bushey, I have an Egremont Russet, about 4 years old, which has fruited very well this year. I suggest you pick as late as possible just as the apples are about to fall, say mid October.
  • 02 Nov 2008  WINNIPEG, Canada
    I have loved russet apples for many years.. they used to be available in supermarkets in Ontario but when I moved to Manitoba I missed not being able to locate for for a few years. now I watch the store fruit departments during the months of September and Ocober each year.. I just spotted them in a supermarket the other day.. these are grown in Thornbury Ontario... I picked up two bags.. there is nothing quite so good as a ruset apple.
  • 25 Oct 2008  United States
    Bought 5 Egremont Russets in Sainsbury's last night. They were the last 5 on the tray and the neighbouring Braeburns, Pearmains and Pink Ladys were all still there. Obviously the ER is a popular apple in Grantham! The trouble with Sainsbury's though is that certain apples seem to be there on week and gone the next. This year seems to have been a poor one for variety as well.
  • 19 Oct 2008  NYC, United States
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE russet apples! I only eat tart and crispy apples, especially when it's in perfect season and only russet, mcintosh and green apples hit the spot. I have never seen russet apples in NYC but luckily I was in WI visiting my mom and bought a whole bag. Only one vendor at farmer's market in WI sells it. I don't know why, they are delicious and my #1 fav.
  • 12 Oct 2008  FRESNO, CA, United States
    I love these apples! I just moved to Cali from WI and would get them from Ski Hi every year. Anyone know where I can get them in Cali???
  • 10 Oct 2008  HENDERSONVILLE NC USA, United States
    I'm from Stockton on tees, England. The Russet apple was my favourite apple as a child I only wish I could find a supply here in NC
  • 10 Oct 2008  BARNET, United Kingdom
    I've just bought some ERs from Neal's Yard in Borough Market here in London. They are from Brogdale in Kent, which boasts the largest different type of fruit trees anywhere in the world. Quite simply, it is the finest apple I have ever eaten. On my desk, I have a Braeburn. An okay apple. But nowhere near as great as the Egremont and it's come 11,000 miles from NZ to get to my desk. What's the point when we have such brilliant homegrown apples on our doorstep? Ask the supermarkets.
  • 06 Oct 2008  WEST SUSSEX, United Kingdom
    I had my first egremont russet apple yesterday after buying half a dozen from my local farm shop (Tully's Farm). It was by far the best apple I've had a months - years even. Shame they're so little though. I plan to shun the supermarket in favour of sampling all the old British varieties available locally.
  • 01 Oct 2008  SLOUGH, BERKSHIRE, United Kingdom
    russet apples make a wonderfull apple crumble, when mixed with raisins soaked in pymms. add the pyms to the sliced apples and rasins, top with crumble, and serve with custard. Its to die for!
  • 30 Sep 2008  BATH, United Kingdom
    I have a Russet tree (not sure which type), amongst other apple trees. All summer, the Russet tree has been attracting hornets - lots of them! They have been consistently feeding on the Russets and ignoring the other apple trees. I've been giving it a wide berth all summer... eek!
  • 24 Sep 2008  United Kingdom
    You should also look out for St. Edmunds Russet. I find it has a finer flavour and more juicy.
  • 20 Sep 2008  BUSHEY, HERTS, United Kingdom
    I have a Russet tree which is full of apples.When do you pick them? The squirrels seem to enjoy them and I want to save some for later in the year.
  • 03 Sep 2008  NORFOLK UK, United Kingdom
    I have an amazing Russet tree in my garden which delivers superb fruit every year, not being an apple lover i was foolish enough to chuck bags of them last year. I had some friends over for a BBQ a few weeks ago and they all want a bag or 3 for themselves as i'm told they keep well over winter wrapped in newspaper. After reading the above comments i will be using them in salads and eating them with cheese....i am a new born apple lover. :)
  • 02 Sep 2008  HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
    Can this variety have bright green or green and red skin under the russet? I'm trying to identify my apple tree - the picture looks similar, the taste description is similar, but the skins of mine are all green or red. Thanks in advance.
  • 23 Aug 2008  LEEDS, United Kingdom
    i have an egremont russet that i planted as a bare rooted 2 year old minarette in Jan 2007. It fruited poorly in its first season, which is to be expected, but it has failed to perform well this year, unlike my scrumptious, which is a heavy cropper
  • 22 Aug 2008  HAYWARD, WI, United States
    Ski-Hi Fruit Farms in Baraboo Wisconsin sell russet apples every fall. They are wonderful apples.
  • 01 Aug 2008  GERALDTON, WEST, Australia
    does anyone know the right conditions to grow russet apples ? i just reckon they are the best apple but unfortunately no one has heard of them in aust. and they are unavailable to my knowledge.
  • 30 Jun 2008  CHESHIRE ENGLAND, United Kingdom
    i have recently bought the racehorse,called dandygrey russett, is this a type of apple,can anyone help,thanks
  • 15 May 2008  PHOENIX AZ, United States
    Are there any growers in the US?
  • 14 May 2008  MELBOURNE, Australia
    Like my brother,steve, i enjoyed eating this very special apple when i was living in england some 30 years ago too. i wish i can buy this type of apple in melbourne. they are crispy and sweet.
  • 21 Mar 2008  CALGARY,ALBERTA, Canada
    Russets are definitely my favourite apple. As far as I know russets are only grown in Nova Scotia. A lot of varieties come from British Columbia but never a russet. I look forward to them when they arrive in the stores either before Christmas or just after.
  • 07 Mar 2008  GERMANY (BAVARIA), Germany
    I love the russet sort so much too. I bought 20pound (10kilogram) for only 10 Euro last week. It's a dealer who is coming with his big car through the village I live. I had plant one tree in my garden last year, hopefully these tree will grow very fast! ;o)
  • 02 Mar 2008  MELBOURNE, Australia
    30 years ago when I was still a lad living in Stockton-on Tees Tyneside I used to eat heaps. I've never seen any since I came to Australia. In my opinion they are best varity of apples. Can anyone tell me whether Russets can be found in Victoria Australia ?
  • 25 Feb 2008  FLORIDA, United States
    Where can I buy russet apples
  • 28 Jan 2008  WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND, United Kingdom
    I like several varieties of apple, but the odd russett in the winter months is always a refreshing change. However, can anyone explain why, after England had perfect apple growing weather in 2007 (sunny dry April followed by three months of mild wet weather) all varieties are selling at the high price of £1.48 per kilo, other than the marvelous Jonagold which is grown 6000 miles away at less than a third of the cost? It doesn't make sense.
  • 10 Jan 2008  LONDON, United Kingdom
    Just found that the co-operative supermarket in London, Archway is selling them at the moment. Lovely! :D :D :D
  • 17 Dec 2007  NORTH BUCKS, United Kingdom
    This apple is my favourite. It excels. It just does not get the credit it deserves. Why? It's beyond me.
  • 11 Dec 2007  OUTER HEBRIDES / NORTHERN , United Kingdom
    There was a Russet at the end of the garden where I grew up, and I learned to love its unique flavour and texture. I recently acquired a garden and house in Vesternorrland in Sweden, there are a couple of apple trees there, but the apples are an unexciting sort. I had in mind to graft diffferent varieties onto them, in order to harvest the kinds of apples I like. Would the Russet be suitable for that climate ( it gets below freezing about December and stays that way most days and nights until April, but in summer it can reach 28 Celcius and days last 24 hrs!). The other kinds I like are Blenham and Cox's Orange Pippin. They are very rarely available to buy in shops, and having them would be wonderful. I would need to graft them because being now 70, I do not have the time to wait years for my apple trees to fruit! How would I go about getting the sniips to graft? I agree with your description of their taste BTW. Thanks, Brian
  • 30 Nov 2007  ONTARIO, Canada
    I'm also a fan of Russet apples. What's really amazing, is that Russets can handle several frosts and still be in great shape on the tree after thawing out. I also find they keep very well. Definitely an amazing apple! Believe it or not, I live on Egremont Road!
  • 26 Nov 2007  LONDON, United Kingdom
    My favourite apple too - perfect combination of sweet and tart, skin not too thick. Had the most gorgeous bag from orchard and farm shop up in West Norfolk ... but it's so hard to get hold of them in London. Such a shame!
  • 22 Nov 2007  BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    I love Russet Apples, I eat one every day! Most of the people I work with have never heard of them before, so I like to tell them stories about how my family used to make pies out of them in the winter. I think you should go out and buy some if you havn't yet tried them. I'm their biggest fan!!!
  • 13 Nov 2007  WEST LONDON, United Kingdom
    These apples are the best you can get! The skin tastes the same as the apple which has a mild but smooth and exotic flavour. The consistency is just right, neither hard nor soft.
  • 11 Nov 2007  PORT HOPE, ON., Canada
    I love Russets and I just bought half a peck today - you have to get them while you can because they do not keep. But I love the sweet nutty flavour and smell of a Russets when you bite into them. I also love the texture on the skin.
  • 08 Nov 2007  MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    My favourite apple! I think it's best eaten after it's been kept a while. Apples used to be stored to be enjoyed throughough the winter months, and I can see why. It's getting harder to find, but luckily I have a great greengrocer.
  • 25 Oct 2007  NORTH ENGLAND, United Kingdom
    We have a tree in our garden and its fruit is enjoyed every year by ourselves, friends & Labradors.
  • 03 Aug 2007  United Kingdom
    Ran across your article on Russets. It brought back memories from the late 1920's. We had a large Russet apple tree in the school yard (2 room) and in the fall we would bang the apples on the steps and bruise the devil out of them. Let them set for awhile and then suck the juice from them."
  • 03 Aug 2007  United Kingdom
    Absolutely fantastic with chicory (endives) in a salad - I was introduced to this combination by a French friend.

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2022 season

  • 17th April  2022  - tree owned by B. in Cologne, Germany

2020 season

  • 19th April  2020  - tree owned by Eric in Bristol, United Kingdom

2018 season

  • 10th May  2018  - tree owned by Paul in Preston, United Kingdom
  • 3rd May  2018  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
  • 29th April  2018  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

2017 season

  • May  2017  - tree owned by Andrew in Alnwick, United Kingdom
  • 27th April  2017  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
  • 25th April  2017  - tree owned by Eric in Bristol, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 12th May  2016  - tree owned by Eric in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 11th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
  • 9th May  2016  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom
  • May  2016  - tree owned by Colindun in Cromarty, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 5th May  2015  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom
  • 3rd May  2015  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
  • 1st May  2015  - tree owned by Michael in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • 1st May  2015  - tree owned by Michael in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • 1st May  2015  - tree owned by Stephen in Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • 20th April  2015  - tree owned by Chris in Gateshead, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 12th May  2014  - tree owned by Mark in Leyburn, United Kingdom
  • 10th May  2014  - tree owned by Eric in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 4th May  2014  - tree owned by Michael in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • 4th May  2014  - tree owned by Michael in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • 30th April  2014  - tree owned by Hanne in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
  • 28th April  2014  - tree owned by Helena in Romsey, United Kingdom
  • 27th April  2014  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 22nd May  2013  - tree owned by Eric in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 21st May  2013  - tree owned by Celia in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 18th May  2013  - tree owned by David in Sleaford, United Kingdom
  • 14th May  2013  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom
  • 14th May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
  • 14th May  2013  - tree owned by Kevin in Kilwinning, United Kingdom
  • 13th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • 13th May  2013  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
  • 5th May  2013  - tree owned by Chris in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 26th April  2013  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 26th April  2013  - tree owned by Rachel in Shoreline, United States

2012 season

  • 15th May  2012  - tree owned by Nickkk in Oldham, United Kingdom
  • 10th May  2012  - tree owned by Eric in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 6th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • May  2012  - tree owned by Caroline in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 23rd April  2012  - tree owned by Rachel in Shoreline, United States
  • 22nd April  2012  - tree owned by Keith in Lincoln, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 7th May  2011  - tree owned by Robert in South Shields, United Kingdom
  • 3rd May  2011  - tree owned by Hanne in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
  • May  2011  - tree owned by Rachel in Shoreline, United States
  • 25th April  2011  - tree owned by Malcolm in Loughborough, United Kingdom
  • 20th April  2011  - tree owned by David in Sleaford, United Kingdom
  • 17th April  2011  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
  • 13th April  2011  - tree owned by James in Melbourne, United Kingdom
  • 11th April  2011  - tree owned by David in Kilham, United Kingdom
  • April  2011  - tree owned by Michael in Nottingham, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 16th October  2010  - tree owned by Stephen in Melbourne, Australia
  • 7th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2nd May  2010  - tree owned by Robert in South Shields, United Kingdom
  • 30th April  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom
  • 29th April  2010  - tree owned by Elizabeth in Evesham, United Kingdom
  • 28th April  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 27th April  2010  - tree owned by Joanna in Bristol, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 11th May  2009  - tree owned by John in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 30th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2009  - tree owned by Pozzouk in Havant, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • April  2009  - tree owned by Malcolm in Loughborough, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2022 season

  • 1st week August  2022  - tree owned by Lisa in Dahlonega, United States
  • 1st week August  2022  - tree owned by Lisa in Dahlonega, United States

2017 season

  • October  2017  - tree owned by Andrew in Alnwick, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week September  2017  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 3rd week October  2016  - tree owned by Colindun in Cromarty, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week October  2016  - tree owned by Nigel in Ryton Dorrington Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
  • 1st week October  2016  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
  • 4th week March  2016  - tree owned by Alex in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 3rd week March  2016  - tree owned by Patrick in Brunswick, Australia

2015 season

  • 1st week October  2015  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 3rd week September  2014  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 1st week October  2013  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 1st week October  2012  - tree owned by Simon in Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • October  2012  - tree owned by Julia in Durham, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 2nd week October  2011  - tree owned by Suzanne in Hailsham, United Kingdom
  • 1st week October  2011  - tree owned by Colin in , United Kingdom
  • October  2011  - tree owned by Rachel in Shoreline, United States
  • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by Robert in South Shields, United Kingdom
  • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by Simon in Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by David in Kilham, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 2nd week October  2010  - tree owned by Chris in Looe, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week September  2010  - tree owned by Robert in South Shields, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 3rd week October  2009  - tree owned by Chris in Looe, United Kingdom
  • 1st week October  2009  - tree owned by Pozzouk in Havant, United Kingdom
  • October  2009  - tree owned by Malcolm in Loughborough, United Kingdom
  • October  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Keith in Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week September  2009  - tree owned by John in Sheffield, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1872
  • Developed by: Possibly the estate of Lord Petworth in Sussex
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1979-159


  • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Russet
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Discoloration of fruit: Oxidising
  • Vitamin C content: Low
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Picking period: late September
  • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


  • Gardening skill: Beginner
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Free-spurring
  • Organic culture: Suitable
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Other qualities

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility
  • Fire blight: Some susceptibility

Where to buy trees

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Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Egremont Russet:

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