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Howgate Wonder

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

Its origins

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.

Appearance

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

Good.

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.

Keeping ability

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).