Sheep's Nose

(green and sour)

Sheep’s Nose
Origin unknown.  Arrived at the National collection, Brogdale in 1951.  Sheep’s Nose is mentioned in Hogg but according to Morgan and Richards is not the same as the present variety.
Deacons class this as a midwinter dessert apple, Crawford has it as a cooker.

Large, conical, flattened at base with a distinct taper into the apex.  Very distinctively five crowned – like a sheep’s nose. Ribbed.
A pale green, eventually pale yellow/white.
Brown/crimson red flush.  Surface covered with russet dots and patches.

Cavity  deep and cone shaped, lined with brown russet.
Stalk medium stout and long – above cavity.
Basin shallow, uneven, very ribbed and crowned.  The flush can extend into the Eye.
Eye closed
Sepals ?
Flesh cooks to a puree.  Not a very exciting taste.
(Mary decided to move her tree to the wood as it was not productive enough to keep in the orchard)

Tube funnel, Stamens?, Core abaxile and uneven

Tree moderately vigorous and spreading.

Flowering same day as Bramley’s Seedling

Season: ? as a cooker according to Morgan and Richards and Crawford September and October. As a dessert November onwards (Deacons)