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A popular Victorian early dessert apple with a disnctive strawberry flavour.
Origin: Devon UK, 1676
Pollination: Devonshire Quarrenden is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.
History and description of Devonshire Quarrenden
First recorded by John Worlidge in 1676. Thought to be a native of
Devon but possibly introduced from France taking its name from
Carentan in Normandy. A popular early dessert variety in Victorian
England which, until its decline in the 1890's, was widely grown and sold
in markets as 'Quarantine'.
Small to medium sized, flat-round fruit. Smooth, pale greenish yellow
skin, almost completely covered with a dark crimson flush. Some
inconspicuous fine stripes. The flesh is white, tinged green, crisp and
juicy, but goes soft quickly once picked. Sweet with some acidity and a
very distinctive strawberry flavour.
A spreading tree of weak vigour. Biennial cropper.
Characteristics of Devonshire Quarrenden apple trees