Worcester Pearmain

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'Worcester Pearmain'
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SpeciesM. domestica
Cultivar'Worcester Pearmain'
Origin England, before 1874[1]

'Worcester Pearmain' is an early season English cultivar of domesticated apple, that was developed in Worcester, England, by a Mr. Hale of Swanpool in 1874.[2] It was once the most popular cultivar in England for early autumn harvest[3] and is still popular to keep in the garden.[4] It has been extensively used in apple breeding.[1]

This red flushed pearmain sometimes has a strawberry-like flavour, and its early season property is passed on in breeding programs to other cultivars. Taste is smooth and sweet, ideal for fresh eating,[2] mostly recommended for stewed apple.[4] Keeps fresh for approximately one week.[2]

The tree has slightly low vigor and average disease resistance. It produces attractive flowers,[2] which is a feature for itself.[4] The blossoms are partially self-sterile. Crop is heavy and harvest at early-mid season.

This Pearmain earned the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Worcester Pearmain", National Fruit Collection, University of Reading and Brogdale Collections, retrieved 12 November 2015
  2. ^ a b c d e Worcester Pearmain by Orange Pippin
  3. ^ Salt Spring Apple
  4. ^ a b c Worcester Pearmain Tree by Orange Pippin Trees