Why you should be excited
Howgate Wonder is a big apple. Very big. So big, it’s hard to think of a whole lot else to say about it.
The story of Howgate Wonder
The Isle of Wight’s main claim to fame in the apple world might just be the breeding of this massively large apple, which also happens to have a good reputation both for fresh eating and for baking.
Granted, some critics (and aficionados of Bramley’s Seedling) argue that Howgate Wonder’s flavour is on the bland side as a baker, at least in comparison with their rather tart favourite.
But even if you side with those folks and choose to use Howgate Wonder only as a fresh eating apple, there’s still lots good to say about this hefty variety.
Just remember to find someone to share it with, as a single apple goes a long, long way.
Howgate Wonder Facts
Bred in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, UK, 1915.
Flavour, aroma, texture
For fresh eating, it has creamy white flesh, is firm, has a balance of sweetness and acidity, and is juicy and pleasant.
Humongously big. It's short and roundish in shape. Bright orange-red skin colour over a yellow background.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Good, although some say it's on the bland side.
Quality for cider
Not widely known as a cider variety, but it does make a very nice, sharp juice that could do well as part of a cider blend.
Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).