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Charles Ross

Mid season dessert and cooker (October to December).

Raised by Charles Ross, head gardener at Welford Park, Newbury, Berks. It is derived from Peasgood Nonsuch x Cox's Orange Pippin. Exhibited 1890 as Thomas Andrew Knight and renamed in 1899 at request either from his employer, or Ross's friend, nurseryman William Pope. It recieved an Award of Merit in 1899, a First Class Certificate in 1899 by the Royal Horticultural Society.

It was grown for market in the 1930s and remains a valued garden apple, especially in Scotland. There are a couple of specimens of this variety on the St Anns Allotments, both within the same garden growing as an espalier. The garden was once tenanted by a nurseryman for many years during and after the 1940s. Both Charles Ross specimens on this plot predate 1940.

The fruits are handsome with an even conical shape. It is still prized as an exhibition variety. The skin is coloured with an orange-red flush, broken red stripes, over greenish yellow. There are some russet patches. The size of the apple is medium to large. The flesh is lightly aromatic, juicy and firm. When cooked it tends to keep its shape with a sweet, slightly pear-like flavour. It is best used early for cooking.

Charles Ross viewed from the stalk end Charles Ross viewed from the base

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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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