First recorded in 1872, probably from the Egremont estate at Petworth House in Sussex. Was recommended by both George Bunyard and his son – described as ‘one of the richest late autumn fruits ….a pretty colour for the dessert’ It was in the National Fruit Trials from 1960 – 1969 and recognised by the RHS with an Award of Merit in 1980 and an Award of Garden merit in 1993.
A description of the flavour by Morton Shand, a founder member of the RHS Fruit Group is ‘nutty or marrowy with a slight suggestion of crushed ferns’
Joan Morgan says ‘ a dry taste that is almost tannic as well as nutty and is suggestive of smoky bonfires and autumn leaves’
Egremont Russet is probably the best known of all russets, even appearing in Supermarkets on occasion and is most people’s idea of what a russet apple should be although there are many others with very different looks and taste.
It crops very regularly with even sized fruit, there are apples every year on the tree in our garden. It is occasionally susceptible to Bitterpit although we found Ashmead’s Kernel suffered more from this problem.
Flat round, regular, flattened at base and apex. Sometimes a little lopsided. Medium size. A very firm, solid apple although it can go soft in store.
Green/yellow becoming brown/gold with a slight orange flush. Covered almost all over with cinnamon coloured russet. The lenticels are conspicuous white dots.
Cavity narrow but fairly shallow, completely lined with russet.
Stalk short and fairly slender.
Basin wide, even, fairly deep. Russet lined.
Eye large, open.
Sepals broad and reflexed
Flesh crisp and with a yellow tinge, rich flavour but can be dry. Bultitude says ‘a nutty flavour’.
Tube funnel, Stamens median to basal, Core axile
Tree – vigorous and spreading
Flowering – four days before Cox’s Orange Pippin with Idared and St. Edmund’s Pippin