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Colonel Vaughan

Why you should be excited

Colonel Vaughan is a tasty, pretty and versatile little apple with English roots going back to the 17th century.

The story of Colonel Vaughan

Also known as Kentish Pippin, this old apple was once a minor star in olde England, recommended for baking in sweetmeats and tarts, for cider and – of course – for fresh eating.

A fixture in London markets until other varieties pushed it aside in the 19th century, Colonel Vaughan is a pretty little fruit and one that delivers excellent taste in an apple that’s also crisp and juicy.

We don’t know whether it fell out of favour due to the small size of the fruit or for other reasons, but it’s certainly worth trying in any event. After all, we figure it’s always fun when something old proves good enough to make new again.

Colonel Vaughan Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Kent, England, likely in the late 1600s.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Quite crisp and juicy, with a sweet, fruity taste and nice balancing acidity.

Appearance

This small apple is pretty, with its pink flush over a  cream background.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Good.

Quality for cider

Was used extensively in cider back in olden times.

Keeping ability

So-so (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).