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Duchess's Favourite

An attractive apple with a sharp strawberry flavour.

Origin: Surrey UK, 1800

Pollination: Duchess's Favourite is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

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History and description of Duchess's Favourite

Duchess's Favourite was raised in about 1800 by Mr Cree, nurseryman of Addlestone, Surrey and named after the Duchess of York who lived nearby. A popular Victorian garden apple. Widely grown around London and in the Vale of Evesham in the 19th century and in Kent in the early 1900’s.

An attractive, colourful apple. Small to medium-sized fruit. Round to flat- round shape, slightly ribbed. Bright red flush and faint red stripes over a pale greenish yellow background. Firm white flesh, sometimes tinged red. Quite sharp with a strawberry flavour.

Characteristics of Duchess's Favourite apple trees

Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeEarly Sep
Season of useSep
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners