Brown Snout

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'Brown Snout'
Cultivar 'Brown Snout'

'Brown Snout' is a 19th-century cultivar of cider apple originating in Herefordshire in the United Kingdom,[1] though now grown in other counties and parts of the world.

History[edit]

Although several different apple varieties have been given this name in the past,[2] the familiar 'Brown Snout' cultivar of apple is said to have been discovered on the farm of a Mr Dent at Yarkhill, Herefordshire, in the middle of the 19th century.[3] It was subsequently widely propagated by the H. P. Bulmer company of Hereford,[2] and was planted in orchards across the west Midlands and, less commonly, in parts of the West Country. The Brown Snout remains a popular cultivar in traditional cider making.

Characteristics[edit]

It is a late-flowering variety, classed as a "bittersweet" apple, with relatively high tannins and low levels of malic acid. It makes a medium-sized tree with a stiffly upright habit. The fruit are small and green, with patches of russeting, and a large patch of russeting at the calyx end, giving the variety its name.

'Brown Snout' is very susceptible to fire blight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brown Snout", National Fruit Collection, University of Reading and Brogdale Collections, retrieved 12 November 2015 
  2. ^ a b Morgan, The New Book of Apples, 2013, lvii
  3. ^ Copas, L. A Somerset Pomona: the cider apples of Somerset, Dovecote, 2001, p.26