An apple of English origin and one of the best high-quality dessert apples available. It originated about 1700 in the gardens of Thomas Ashmead of Gloucester, England. Though not considered an attractive apple, the tremendous flavor more than compensates for its appearance. The flavor has been variously described as “strong, sweet-sharp intense”, “sweet yet a little acid” and “mouth-puckering.” The apple’s flavor is indeed strong and intense when first picked, but sweetens and mellows greatly after several weeks in storage. The yellowish-green skin has an occasional light-orange blush, and is almost completely covered with a fine gray-brown russet coating. The yellowish-white flesh is crisp, firm and juicy. Ripens September to October.