The apple was found by John Braddick, growing in a hedge at Claygate. Braddick also discovered the 'Braddick Nonpareil' at about the same time and place. The apple was a popular eating apple in Victorian times and spread through England and to America.
This medium-sized apple is brown-russeted with a crimson patch on the sun-facing side. There is pink-silver tinge to the russet scale. It has a a nutty aromatic flavour and good keeping qualities, being both disease and scab resistant.
Claygate Pearmain is self-sterile and requires a pollinator to produce a crop but is a heavy bearer that should be harvested late in the season.
Botanical name - Malus domestica "Claygate Pearmain"
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