First recorded in 1844. Introduced in England most probably by nurseryman Thomas Rivers.
It was very popular in the 1920-30s; in Bunyard's 'Top Ten'; found in many old orchards.
In the US it has only recently been taken up by amateurs. Identified as La Paix of Belgium and RGF variety, recommended for cultivation by Agricultural Reseach Centre, Gembloux because of its disease resistance.
The fruit is coloured deep red flush, indistinct broken red stripes; greenish yellow/yellow background. Flesh is deep cream.
Fruit is medium in size and long conical and ribbed in shape.
At its best the flavour is distinct and sweet, whilst the fruit is perfumed and aromatic with an exotic quality. It has quite soft and juicy, almost yellow flesh.
Hogg described it as having a 'balsamatic aroma'; Bunyard the 'flavour of peardrops'; a possible hint of vanilla gives the spicy quality which can unfortunately lapse into flat, musty sweetness in a poor year.
Pick late September, store October-December.
All information relating to varieties, characteristics and descriptions is sourced from the following:
Bultitude, J. 1984. Apples: a guide to the identification of international varieties. London: Macmillan Press.
Morgan, M. and Richards, A. 2002. The new book of apples. London: Ebury Press.
National Fruit Collection public access database at Brogdale Farm, Kent.
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