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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  Rated by the Victorian author Hogg as first-rate, it was nevertheless superseded in Victorian times by larger culinary varieties with better keeping qualities.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.

USDA identification images for Yorkshire Greening

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 28 Sep 2023  LONDON, United Kingdom
      A cooking apple and too tart to eat but cooks up really well into an apple pureé, pie or sauce and good chutney too. A very old tree that has produced good crops continually each year but now suffering a bit from drier weather and a prune. This tree was possibly part of a 1900s orchard before the housing which with large gardens some trees were kept. Could it be about 80 years plus? It was big and old when we bought the house 30 years ago.

    Tree register

    United Kingdom

    New Zealand

    • Giles in HAMILTON, WAIKATO

    Harvest records for this variety

    2009 season

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


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


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cooking result: Puree
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Traditional cooker
    • Picking period: mid-October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Slightly small
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Yorkshire Greening:

    United Kingdom

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