Why you should be excited
Peasgood’s Nonsuch is a rare bird: an old English apple equally appreciated for cooking and fresh eating.
The story of Peasgood's Nonsuch
How many significant apple varieties were nurtured from seed by a child?
One is Peasgood’s Nonsuch, raised by a little kid living in Grantham, England during the 1850s. The future Mrs. Peasgood’s dedication to this tree is commendable, especially since it became a fairly important apple in England, appreciated for cooking as well as fresh eating and widely regarded as one of the prettiest apples in the country.
Although prone to canker, the tree is resistant to most other common diseases.
A popular garden apple to this day, Peasgood’s Nonsuch is also grown on the Continent, where it is known as Sans Pareille de Peasgood.
Peasgood's Nonsuch Facts
Raised from a seed in Lincolnshire, England, 1850s.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Brisk and juicy when eaten fresh. Cooked, it makes a sweet, delicately flavoured puree.
Noted in the 19th century for its beauty, due to its attractive orange-red flush and broken red stripes over a green background skin colour.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in mid-September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
While it's not particularly known for use in cider, we have a hunch that this classic heritage variety is well-suited to cider blends.
Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).