Why you should be excited
The story of Kent
Kent, Kent Malling, Malling Kent… modern, intentionally-bred apple varieties rarely have so many variations on their names.
Bred by the renowned H.M. Tydeman at the East Malling Research Station in England, this apple is delightful when properly ripened. But like many varieties, it’s not up to snuff in years where the summer is low on sunshine.
The result has inspired commercial growers in England to plant Kent in modest quantities, although it’s unlikely to sweep the planet. Especially since it tends to show significant russetting.
Bred in Kent, England; introduced in 1974.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Rich and aromatic with plenty of sweetness and balancing acidity. It does have coarse flesh and tough skin.
A medium-sized apple with an orange-red flush and red stripes on a yellow background. Can have significant amounts of russet.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in mid- to late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider, although the flavour and sugar/acid balance of Kent should make it a solid variety for cider blends.
Very good (4 months or more when kept refrigerated).