PIG'S NOSE PIPPIN So called because the crown of the conical fruit is flattened, like a pig’s nose. A small to medium sized, sweet, late, dessert apple, introduced in 1884 and probably originally from Herefordshire. Crisp, aromatic flesh. Good crops. Keeps until January.

Pollination Group 4

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

PINE GOLDEN PIPPIN A nineteenth century dessert apple, first recorded in 1861, when it was sent by Messrs Dickson and Son of Hassendean Burn, near Hawick, Roxburghshire to the RHS gardens at Chiswick, Middlesex. but possibly much older. It has been well known in the south, in the north-west and in Scotland and the borders. The small ribbed fruit is golden yellow and covered with russet. Apples are crisp and juicy, with a distinct flavour of pineapple, and it is described by Hogg as one of the best dessert apples. Ripe in October, storing until December. Pollination Group 6

 

PITMASTON PINE APPLE A late dessert russet apple raised around 1785 by Mr White, who was steward to Lord Foley of Stoke Edith, Herefordshire. It is thought to have come from a seed of Golden Pippin. Another story is that it was raised by John Williams of Pitmaston in 1825. Small golden apples, produced prolifically and packed with flavours of pineapple and honey. The tree is moderately vigorous, with a good bushy habit and pretty blossom. A good and regular cropper.

Pollination Group 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

PITMASTON RUSSET NONPAREIL A small to medium sized, late russet dessert apple known since 1818 and raised at Pitmaston, near Worcester. Attractive reddish fruit with russeting and with sweet, nutty flesh. Keeps until January.

Pollination Group 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PITSTONE PIPPIN A chance seedling that grew on a 25ft long slope in an old quarry at Pitstone, on the border of Buckinghamshire with Bedfordshire. The quarry is now a nature reserve. Apples and scion-wood were brought to us by Peter Revell, apple enthusiast and naturalist. We include it for local interest, but it is also an excellent apple. It is probably around 50 years old. A middle to late season cooking and eating apple ripe in September, but later in some years. It is sharp when young. It might also have some quality as a cider apple, though untested. Medium to large sized with smooth, slightly glossy, skin - green becoming pale yellow, blushed and streaked with crimson. When cooked it breaks down to release a very rich flavour but with slight tartness. It welcomes a little sugar to bring out the flavour completely. Later on it becomes a good dessert apple. The fruit stores into the New Year. Free flowering, with pink and white petals. *

Pollination Group 4

 
             

 

 

 

 

 

PLUM VITAE Sent to us by Susan Rumney of East Devon, a triple purpose early season apple, ripe in August and gone by October. Her tree is in an orchard that went with a row of cottages, and has been in her family for nearly 70 years. The tree looks significantly old but is healthy and bears well. Her parents were told by a village ‘old boy’ that it was called Plum Vitae and that it was a cider apple, though Susan and her family eat them raw and cook them to a fluff. In 1883 it was exhibited at Chiswick with the name of Plum Vite, but Susan Rumney knows it as Plum Vitae, which has also been noted as an alternative name elsewhere. Pollination Group 2

 

 

 

 

POLECAT The Polecat Public House, at Prestwood, Buckinghamshire, contained several old and interesting apples in its extensive orchard garden, and we took scions of all, with the permission of the former owner, John Gamble, in 2005. The fruits bore all the hallmarks of varieties planted to provide both food and cider for the old Inn’s guests. The trees were at least a century old and many very old. This tree bore small golden apples, flushed or lightly streaked with pink/red and ripe in late September. Sweet, crisp and juicy, with a rich flavour. Pollination Group 4

 

 

 

 

 

POMEROY OF HEREFORDSHIRE Given to us by Hilary Wilson who had it from Philip Rainford of the Northern Fruit Group. Hogg recorded three different Pomeroys though it was previously known that the name was used differently in different regions. Hogg (1884) believed that the name Pomeroy (Pome-Roy, or King’s Apple) went back to Norman Britain rather than being of French origin. The Herefordshire Pomeroy is on the small side of medium size, rounded and slightly angular, especially round the eye, sometimes conical. The skin is greenish yellow, with some russet in the shade, and deep crimson colouring and cinnamon russet in the sun. The flesh is yellow, juicy and sweet with a good flavour. Ripe in September and storing for a month or so. Probably very old.

Pollination Group 3

 
             

 

POMEROY OF SOMERSET Also known as Somerset Pomeroy, Pomeroy. First described in 1851, but undoubtedly much older. An attractive late dessert apple, the skin flushed deep scarlet. Sweet, crisp, juicy flesh with a pineapple flavour. Stores until December.

Pollination Group 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POMME DE FER Literally, ‘apple of iron’, being a dense apple, heavy in the hand. The first record of it in Britain was in the 1826 London Horticultural Society collection catalogue, though there is some uncertainty if this is the same one. In France, where it is presumed this apple originated, there are several apples with ‘Fer’ in the name. The French national collection has six, including Pomme de Fer, De Fer and Fer. The one we have here is a most interesting apple that is not only attractive to look at, but is a very useful late dessert and cooking apple, that will keep for many months. The shape is rounded and fairly flat, medium sized but sometimes large, and with skin that carries a misty bloom, over pale yellow, with pink and raspberry streaks. The texture of the flesh is fine but initially hard, and it is very late to ripen fully, when it develops an unusual but pleasing sweet rich flavour. It is not juicy, but is not dry. Early on, it is a bit too hard to cook easily, but in maturity it softens, keeping all its shape, and developing a very sweet, rich lemony flavour.

Pollination Group 3