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Name:

Pollination group:

Alfriston

Synonyms: Alfreston, Alfristan, Freen Grove, Green Goose, Lord Gwydyr's Pippin, Lord Gwydyr's Newton Pippin, Newton's Reinette, Oldaker's New, Shepherd's Pippin, Shepherd's Seedling. Sometimes erroneously called Newton's Pippin and Baltimore (synonym used by other cultivar), Baltimore Reinette.

Summary: No longer widely grown, but lives on as a popular garden variety in Britain. Great for apple jelly.

Identification: Large, round tending to round conic, often lopsided and with irregularly angled sides. The base colour is greenish yellow, sometimes blushed faint orange on the sun? exposed face. Networked with russet streaks and an abundance of large russet dots. The eye is small and closed, set in a moderately deep and somewhat narrow basin which is ribbed. The stem is short, stout and set in a deep, funnel shaped basin.

Characteristics: Yellowish white, coarse textured, soft flesh. Slightly dry, and sweet-sharp.

Uses: Not highly regarded as an eating apple because it is not overly sweet, but makes an excellent apple jelly as well as wonderful sauce with a pear flavour.

Origins: The apple was grown for some time during the late 1700s in Uckfield, Sussex (U.K.) and was therefore widely known as Shepherd's Seedling for the landowner who had found and propagated the cultivar. At some time during the early 1800s, Cameron Nurseries in Sussex County acquired cuttings from the tree and began to list it in their catalogue. In 1819, Charles Brooker of Alfriston submitted a few of the apples to the Horticultural Society of London for evaluation. The society decided that it was an unnamed variety and renamed it for the town from which the sample apple had come.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: Grown commerically in Britain until the 1930s. Mostly a garden variety these days.

24 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to six months and becomes sweeter after three to four weeks.

Harvest: Ready for harvest early in the fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Culinary, Eating, Jelly, Sauce

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 13


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Associated apples:

Morley’s Seedling
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Type: Cooking, Pie

characteristics: The flesh is white, coarse?grained, firm and crisp.sharp. Slightly astringent.