Yarlington Mill

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'Yarlington Mill'
SpeciesMalus domestica
Origin England, c.1898

Yarlington Mill is a traditional cider apple cultivar originating from the village of Yarlington, in the North Cadbury area of Somerset, England.

Origin[edit]

'Yarlington Mill' was said to have first been discovered as a 'wilding' in 1898 by a Mr. Bartlett, who found it growing out of a wall by the mill-race at Yarlington.[1] It was subsequently propagated and popularised by the grower Harry Masters, who also raised the cultivar known as 'Harry Masters' Jersey'. [2]

It was first widely planted in Somerset, and subsequently in Devon and other West Country cider producing areas.[1]

Characteristics[edit]

The tree is high yielding, and was included in many 20th century orchard plantings, though it has a strong tendency to biennial fruiting.[1]

The fruit is generally small to medium, globose conical in shape, and red in colour.[3] A typical Somerset 'Jersey' type apple, it is classed as a mild 'bittersweet' under the Long Ashton cider apple classification.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Copas, L. (2001) Somerset Pomona: The Cider Apples of Somerset, Dovecote, p.69
  2. ^ Copas (2001) p.18
  3. ^ Annual Report of the Long Ashton Research Station, 1974, p. 148
  4. ^ "Item ~ Devon Apples ~ Informative Apple and Fruit Resource". devon-apples.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2017.

External links[edit]

  • "Yarlington Mill", National Fruit Collection, University of Reading and Brogdale Collections, retrieved 8 June 2017