Winter Wonder is a new "traditional" English apple variety, developed by a grower in Norfolk.
In appearance Winter Wonder is consistent with the traditional English-style apple. It has the characteristic and attractive dull orange autumnal flush. The flesh snaps cleanly, and is dense rather than crisp, firm, and chewy, but with a good amount of juice. The flavour is fairly sharp.
England has increasingly been left behind in the development of new apples, with varieties such as Pink Lady, Jazz, Ariane and Tentation all being developed elsewhere. In fact most of these varieties can't even be grown commercially in the UK because they need much warmer climates. It is therefore good to see some renewed effort in English apple development. Having said that, it is difficult to see Winter Wonder breaking out of the UK market, or being able to compete with the less complicated flavours (and better marketing) of the newer international varieties. However, perhaps it will help to start a trend.
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: Suntan
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