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Royal Somerset apple

A culinary apple from Somerset, keeps well, and widely-used for making cider. Described by the 19th century writer Hogg as "very excellent".

Royal Somerset identification photos

  • Royal Somerset
    Copyright: Mr R. Blockley

Visitor reviews

  • 04 Oct 2018  Stephen,  CALIFORNIA, United States
    Not 100% sure it was the same apple, it was sold as just a "Somerset", but WOW it was quite amazing. A wonderful balance of sweets, tarts, and tanins. Crisp and juicy, amazing flavor. As I can't find any entry for just Somerset, and the picture looks like a match, I'm going with it being a Royal Somerset.

Tree register

United Kingdom

Spring blossom records for this variety

2010 season

  • May  2010  - tree owned by Ray in Hucknall, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • April  2009  - tree owned by Ray in Hucknall, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2009 season

  • October  2009  - tree owned by Ray in Hucknall, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Somerset, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1214
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1992-129


  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid

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  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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