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Peck's Pleasant

Why you should be excited

Peck's Pleasant is a bright red-skinned fresh eating apple that needs time in storage to develop excellent flavour.

The story of Peck's Pleasant

We often hear that there's nothing better than a fresh-picked apple consumed within minutes of coming off the tree.

With many apples, this is true, as even some otherwise so-so varieties are pretty darn satisfying at the moment of harvest.

And then there are late season apples like Peck's Pleasant, an old U.S. variety that's far better two or three months after harvest -- assuming it's been stored carefully -- as it needs time to mellow and develop the savoury flavour that makes this apple something special.

And this is a good thing, as it means you can save your Peck's Pleasant apples until other varieties are long-gone and enjoy them into the New Year.

Peck's Pleasant Facts

Its origins

Uncertain origins, but likely discovered in Rhode Island, USA; recorded in 1832.

Flavour, aroma, texture

After two or three months in storage, this apple develops a rich, savoury taste.

Appearance

An appealingly bright red apple.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Works well in a cider blend.

Keeping ability

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).