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Ashmead Kernel

A UK Variety
According to Robert Hogg, it was raised in C18th by physician Dr Ashmead, but local historians now believe this to be an error; it is more likely that William Ashmead (d 1782), Clerk of Gloucester City, raised this variety in his gardens of what became Ashmead House, Gloucester.
Ronalds records in 1831 that the tree was then 100 years old.

Theflesh is firm and white. The flavour is strong with sweet-sharp intensity, reminiscent of fruit/acid drops or of Nonpareil, but sweeter than its probable parent.
Fruit is coloured greenish yellow/yellow, some fruit flushed in diffuse brownish red/orange red; many russet patches, netting, dots.  The fruit is medium in size and is flat-round in shape, slightly ribbed and flat sided.

Pick early-mid October, stores December-February

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All information relating to varieties, characteristics and descriptions is sourced from the following:

Bultitude, J. 1984. Apples: a guide to the identification of international varieties. London: Macmillan Press.

Morgan, M. and Richards, A. 2002. The new book of apples. London: Ebury Press.

National Fruit Collection public access database at Brogdale Farm, Kent.

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