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Pollination group:

Earl Cowper

Synonyms: Early Cowper

Identification: Large, round to round conic with angular faces. The base colour is green with a faint, dull brownish red blush on the sun exposed face. The calyx is medium size and open, set in a deep and narrow, ribbed basin which is surrounded by a prominently knobbed crown. The stem is short and stout, set in a deep and narrow, lightly russetted cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is greenish, fine grained and somewhat sharp.

Uses: Makes a sweet and flavourful white sauce.

Origins: Grown in 1859 when it was named in honour of the Sixth Earl Cowper's marriage to Lady de Grey of West Park, Bedfordshire (U.K.)

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

12 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to three months.

Harvest: In the middle of the fourth period.

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Culinary, Sauce

Pollination group: B

Pollination day: 7

Flowers: White