Top 10 English and Scottish cooking apples


Gardening skill

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Suitable for beginners10
Average15
Some needed3

Fruit tree categories

Apple trees28
Apricot trees1
Cherry trees1
Cider apple trees1
Crab apple trees4
Damson trees7
Fig trees1
Medlar trees2
Mulberry trees1
Pear trees1
Plum trees14
Quince trees1

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Tree form


1-year20
2-year5
2-year bush-trained16
Patio-trained4
Half standard8
Standard 1.75m11
Cordon1
Fan-trained1
Espalier-trained1
Spindle-bush1

Supplied as


Bare-root23
Pot-grown16

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)7
Medium (semi-dwarf)9
Large (semi-vigorous)24
Full-size (standard)11

Rootstock


M1163
M2511
M269
M274
M94
MM10624

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Picking season

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Very early
Early5
Mid7
Late15
Very late1

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days
1 week3
2-3 weeks6
1-2 months10
3 months or more9

Uses


Good for eating fresh11
Good for cooking28
Good for juice14
Good for cider4

Cooking result


Puree12
Textured puree2
Keeps shape6

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Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred15
Tolerates partial shade10
Tolerates north-facing shade2

Flowering group

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1
25
315
47
51
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile2
Partially self-fertile8
Not self-fertile18

Ploidy

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Diploid19
Triploid8
Other1

Pollinating others

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Good4
Average13
Poor10

Vigour

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Weak growing2
Slightly small1
Average growth14
Slightly large3
Large6
Very large2

Precocity

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Precocious4
Slow to start bearing2

Cropping


Heavy10
Good14
Light2

Fruit bearing

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Spur-bearer19
Free-spurring2
Partial tip-bearer6
Tip-bearer

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening16
Fruit drops when ripe2
Ripens over a period
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular23
Biennial tendency4

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Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance4
Some resistance2
Susceptible7

Can be grown in


Temperate climates27
Mild / damp climates16
Warm climates3

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General resistance

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Good17
Average7
Poor1

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture10

Canker

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Very resistant1
Some resistance5
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible1

Scab

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Very resistant7
Some resistance7
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible1

Mildew

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Very resistant1
Some resistance5
Neutral
Some susceptibility2
Very susceptible

Silverleaf

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Australia1
Canada1
France 2
Germany 1
Sweden 1
United Kingdom28
United States3

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 16491
1650 - 1699
1700 - 17492
1750 - 17991
1800 - 18497
1850 - 18999
1900 - 19494
1950 - 19993
20001

Fruit colour


Green6
Green - light2
Green / Red5
Orange / Red3
Orange flush7
Red / Green1
Russet1
Yellow / Red1

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The best cooking apples have a sharp "sub-acid" flavour, which mellows during cooking and lends a richer texture and flavour to pies, tarts, and crumbles. Many of these varieties are also good for juicing, as they give a good acidic backbone which can then be sweetened with the addition of other varieties.

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    Annie Elizabeth Apple trees

    Annie Elizabeth

    A traditional English cooking apple, with a sweet flavour, which keeps its shape when cooked.  compare
    From £19.50 to £28.45
    Flowering: 4partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking 
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    Arthur Turner Apple trees

    Arthur Turner

    A mid-season cooking apple, producing a light yellow puree. Very attractive blossom.  compare
    From £27.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking 
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    Ballerina Samba®

    One of the best-flavoured Ballerina minarette-type apple varieties.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking | Juice 
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    Bardsey Apple trees

    Bardsey

    A hardy disease-resistant apple, discovered growing on an island off the west coast of Wales.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking | Juice 
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    Blenheim Orange Apple trees

    Blenheim Orange

    Blenheim Orange is a classic English dual-purpose apple, useful for dessert and culinary purposes.  compare
    From £18.95 to £37.95
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
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    Bloody Ploughman Apple trees

    Bloody Ploughman

    An old Scottish apple variety, named for the crimson-red colour of its skin and stained flesh.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 4
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice | Cider
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    Bountiful Apple trees

    Bountiful

    Bountiful is an easy-to-grow cooking apple, it retains its shape when cooked, fairly sweet for a cooker.  compare
    From £18.95 to £32.45
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking 
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    Bramley 20 Apple trees

    Bramley 20  Best seller

    Bramley 20 is a naturally smaller version of Bramley's Seedling (the apples are the same size though).  compare
    From £18.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice | Cider
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    Bramley's Seedling Apple trees

    Bramley's Seedling  Best seller

    Bramley is the essential English cooking apple, famous for its rich sharp acidity.  compare
    From £18.95 to £37.95
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice | Cider
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    Charles Ross Apple trees

    Charles Ross

    Charles Ross is a very attractive classic English dual-purpose apple.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
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    Cox's Orange Pippin Apple trees

    Cox's Orange Pippin  Best seller

    Cox is widely acknowledged as having the best flavour of any apple variety.  compare
    From £18.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking | Juice 
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    D'Arcy Spice Apple trees

    D'Arcy Spice

    An old English apple variety, yet with a unique flavour and many unusual qualities.  compare
    From £19.50
    Flowering: 4partly self-fertile
    Pick: Very late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking | Juice 
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    Galloway Pippin Apple trees

    Galloway Pippin

    A traditional Scottish cooking apple which keeps its shape when cooked.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
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    Grenadier Apple trees

    Grenadier

    Grenadier is an early-season cooking apple, and one of the most foolproof apple varieties.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
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    Howgate Wonder Apple trees

    Howgate Wonder

    Howgate Wonder is a large cooking apple which keeps well. Produces an excellent sharp juice.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
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    Isaac Newton Apple trees

    Isaac Newton

    Also known as Flower of Kent, this is the variety the famous scientist sat under.  compare
    From £19.50
    Flowering: 5
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking 
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    James Grieve Apple trees

    James Grieve  Best seller

    James Grieve is the classic Scottish cooking apple. It can also be eaten fresh, and is excellent for juice.  compare
    From £18.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking | Juice | Cider
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    Jumbo

    A dual-purpose apple, named for the exceptionally large size of its fruits.  compare
    From £31.50
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
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    Keswick Codlin Apple trees

    Keswick Codlin

    Keswick Codlin is a popular early-season cooking apple, easy to grow, and productive in most climates.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 2partly self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
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    Lady Henniker

    A well-regarded Victorian dual-purpose apple, easy to grow.  compare
    From £31.95
    Flowering: 4(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
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    Lane's Prince Albert Apple trees

    Lane's Prince Albert

    A classic Victorian cooking apple. Plenty of juicy acidity and stores well.  compare
    From £18.95
    Flowering: 4
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
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    Lord Derby Apple trees

    Lord Derby

    Lord Derby is a high-quality mid/late-season traditional English cooking apple, cooks to a chunky puree.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.95
    Flowering: 4
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
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    Newton Wonder Apple trees

    Newton Wonder

    A traditional English cooking apple, a good alternative to Bramley.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.95
    Flowering: 4partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking 
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    Peasgood's Nonsuch Apple trees

    Peasgood's Nonsuch

    Peasgood Nonsuch is a highly-regarded old-fashioned English cooking apple.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
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    Reverend W. Wilks Apple trees

    Reverend W. Wilks

    A widely-grown and well-regarded English cooking apple.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Cooking 
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    Ribston Pippin Apple trees

    Ribston Pippin

    A handsome English apple from the 18th century.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.95
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
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    Scotch Bridget Apple trees

    Scotch Bridget

    A popular Scottish cooking apple, well-suited to damp wet conditions.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.95
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking 
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    Scotch Dumpling Apple trees

    Scotch Dumpling

    Scotch Dumpling is a large Scottish cooking apple. Cooks to a frothy puree with a good flavour.  compare
    From £18.95 to £31.50
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Cooking