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Worcester Pearmain

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

Its origins

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.

Appearance

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

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

So-so (barely more than a month when kept refrigerated).