Reverend W. Wilks is an early-season culinary apple variety, raised at Langley Nurseries in the early 20th century. Reflecting the great importance attached to cooking apples in England at that time, it was named after the then secretary of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Reverend W. Wilks has many of the hallmarks of the English cooking apples of the previous Victorian era - it is a large, juicy, acidic apple. Like many similar varieties it is also very easy to grow and the tree is resistant to all the common apple diseases and suitable for most temperate climates.
It remains a popular variety throughout the United Kingdom to this day, being versatile in the kitchen and coming into season towards the end of August before the main late-season cookers are available.
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.
The following orchards grow Reverend W Wilks:
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