William Crump

Why you should be excited

William Crump is a British apple with a strong and distinctive flavour that mellows over time in storage.

The story of William Crump

Yes, the name might make you think this is a boring old English apple. And it is indeed an English apple, but most certainly not a boring one.

That's because the flavour of this October-ripening variety is powerful and interesting, combining sweetness, acidity and aromatic qualities in a most satisfying way. Over time in storage, the substantial acids recede and a subtler, rich flavour emerges.

Given all this, it's no surpise that the parents here are the legendary Cox's Orange Pippin and the highly respected Worcester Pearmain.

This apple was named for the head gardener at the Worcester estate where it reputedly was bred.

William Crump Facts

Its origins

Bred at Worcester, England, sometime before 1908.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Powerfully flavoured, with a strong aroma, lots of sweetness and acidity like pineapple.


This medium to large apple has a greenish-yellow background skin colour covered with a bright orange-red flush and red stripes.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).