Herefordshire Russet is a new English russet apple variety, developed by apple breeder Hugh Ermen.
When first released it was thought to be a cross between Cox and Idared, but genetic testing by the Frank P. Matthews nursery which Hugh Ermen worked with subsequently found it was Cox and Golden Delicious. This makes it a close relative of Rubinette, another Cox x Golden Delicious cross.
Both Cox and Golden Delicious have a slight tendency to russeting, so it is perhaps not surprising that some of their offspring should exhibit this characteristic.
As you might expect from this combination, the flavor is extremely good.
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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