This is a red sport (mutation) of Alkmene, and noticeably redder and less Cox-like in appearance than Alkmene, although the characteristic Cox russet striping can be faintly discerned. It is grown commercially on a small-scale in the UK.
Alkmene is sometimes known as Early Windsor, hence the name of this redder sport, Red Windsor. However to further confuse matters, the marketing organisation behind this variety organised a UK-wide schools competition to come up with a new name - and "Sweet Lilibet" was chosen. This is therefore the name you are most likely to see it under in supermarkets, where it appears towards the end of September.
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.
This variety is a sport (natural genetic mutation) of: Alkmene
The following tree nurseries offer Red Windsor apple trees for sale:
The following orchards grow Red Windsor:
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