Apple - Gooseberry

Gooseberry Apple

Malus domestica
One of the sharpest tasting late cooking apples.

Origin: Kent UK 1831

Pollination:  Gooseberry is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

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Gooseberry Apple Trees for sale - order online

We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.


History and description of Gooseberry

Gooseberry apple probably arose in Kent. First recorded 1831. Widely grown in Kent in the 19th century for the London markets. A late-keeping culinary apple known for its acidity.

A large apple. Variable, flat-round to oblong shape, often irregular and lopsided. Fairly distinctly ribbed. Bright green background skin colour, slowly becoming pale yellow. Some fruits with a slight brown flush. White coarse textured flesh, tinged green. Very acid and rather astringent, cooking to a sharp puree.

A tree of great vigour. Spreading. Good cropper.



Main characteristics of Gooseberry

Use Culinary
Colour Green
Flavour Acid
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Oct
Season of use  Dec-Mar

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good

Pollination date  15
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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