Why you should be excited
Worcester Pearmain was once England’s most popular apple of the early fall. It remains a garden favourite.
The story of Worcester Pearmain
This pretty red apple was once a star in jolly old England, where no other variety could match its popularity during early fall throughout the latter part of the 19th century.
This despite considerable disagreement over whether it had a deliciously exuberant sweet flavour or a cloying over-the-top sugariness. It all depends on one's point of view.
With the passage of years, Worcester Pearmain’s time as a commercial apple eventually came to an end. The people, however, appear to have spoken by keeping this variety one of the most popular to grow in English gardens, no doubt aided at least in part by the attractiveness of the fruit, not to mention its eye-catching blossoms.
Worcester Pearmain Facts
Raised from a seed in Worcester, England, mid-19th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The firm, juicy white flesh is extremely sweet, with a strong strawberry-like flavour.
This medium-sized apple stands out for its bright red flush and stripes over a greenish-yellow background skin colour.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in late September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
So-so (barely more than a month when kept refrigerated).