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Yorkshire Greening apple

An old Yorkshire culinary apple, thought to have arisen in the 18th century.  Rated by the Victorian author Hogg as first-rate, it was nevertheless superseded in Victorian times by larger culinary varieties with better keeping qualities.  Nevertheless it has the juicy acidity which is the basic requirement of a cooker.  Its common alternative name - Yorkshire Goosesauce - hints at its culinary use to cut through the fat of winter goose recipes.

Yorkshire Greening is a good variety to grow in difficult locations - it is a tough tree and a reliable cropper.

Yorkshire Greening identification photos

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Harvest records for this variety

2009 season

  • 1st week October  2009  - tree owned by Melvin in Wakefield, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1803
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1556
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-104


  • Fruit colour: Green


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

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