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An old Cornish summer apple similar to Devonshire Quarrenden
Origin: Cornwall UK, 1830
Pollination: Ben's Red is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.
History and description of Ben's Red
Raised from a Devonshire Quarrenden seedling possibly pollinated by Farleigh Pippin by B Roberts,
Trannack, Cornwall, UK c1830. Introduced in 1890's by the nurseryman G Bunyard of Maidstone, Kent.
Received RHS Award of Merit 1899. Grown commercially in Kent until the 1920's in place of Worcester
Pearmain and sold as 'Quarrenden' apples. Traditionally propagated from cuttings in its native
Medium sized, flat-round fruit. Dark maroon flush covering most of the pale greenish yellow skin. Pale
cream flesh often tinged pink. Crisp and sweet with a strawberry flavour. Very similar to Devonshire
Quarrenden but with better flavour and a slightly later season.
Small, spreading tree. Heavy cropper but with a biennial tendency.