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Pollination group:

Newland Sack

Synonyms: Newland's Sack, Sack (this is also a synonym for Herefordshire Sack and for Devonshire Quarrenden ), Spiced Apple

Identification: Medium size, conic, uneven, ribbed with ridges at the calyx. The skin is glossy with a yellowish base colour which shows through between blushes of red. On the sun exposed face, it is washed with bright red streaked with darker red. A fine russet webbing is often spread over both the sun-exposed and shaded faces of the apple. Lenticels are tan, raised and russetted. The stem is very short and stout, set in a very shallow cavity. The calyx is large, partly open and set in a shallow, moderately wide basin.

Characteristics: The flesh is fine-grained, tender and crisp. When fully matured, it is sweet and flavourful, with only a hint of tartness.

Uses: Cooking apple but also used for making cider. When left to mature a month or two, it becomes a sweet and nutty eating apple.

Origins: Originated as a chance seedling in the early 1800s at Newland Court near Malvern in Worcestershire (U.K.). The "Herefordshire Pomona" published in the late 1800s, states that "The origin of this apple is uncertain. It is supposed to have sprung from a pip in the refuse heap of the cider mill at Newland Court, near Great Malvern, towards the end of last century (1700s). The farm was at that time occupied by Mr. Creswell, who discovered its merit, and grafted it freely." Though popular well into the 1900s, it eventually faded into the background and was thought to have been lost until a single ancient tree in Malvern was positively identified as being a true Sack. Scion wood from this tree is being offered by a Worcestershire nursery.

Cultivation: Described as being very hardy and an excellent cropper.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

20 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps five months. Gathers its sugars after about two months, becoming sweet enough to eat.

Harvest: Ready for harvest in the fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Cooking, Culinary, Cider, Eating, Pie

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 10


Apples with a similar sounding name:

Newland Sack
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characteristics: The flesh is tender, sweet anf flavourful. Becomes sweeter in storage. Keeps up to three months in cold storage.