Why you should be excited
Mrs. Phillimore is a distinctively-flavoured English fresh-eating apple that originated late in the 19th century.
The story of Mrs. Phillimore
Like its parent, Mother, Mrs. Phillimore is an apple you’re going to want to taste for yourself.
Some people sing its praises, focusing on the sweetness of the flesh and the hint of vanilla that many discern in some examples. Others, especially when it’s grown where it’s hard to get apples ripe, find Mrs. Phillimore tends to taste flat and insipid.
So, which is it?
Either way, this is an interesting apple due to its cross-Atlantic parentage. Mother is an old U.S. apple, while Cox’s Pomona – yes, sister of the legendary Cox’s Orange Pippin – is very much an English apple, valued both for fresh eating and in baking.
The combination in Mrs. Phillimore is attractive and tasty when properly ripened.
Mrs. Phillimore Facts
Raised from a seed in Newbury, Berkshire, England; recorded in 1896.
Flavour, aroma, texture
In good years, it offers a sweet flavour with a hint of vanilla. In not-so-good years, it can be considerably less inspiring.
Attractively flushed and striped with a bright red colour.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Very good (up to 4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).