Ashmead’s Kernel

Ashmead’s Kernel Apple

Winter. Unknown parentage. Gloucester, England, about 1700. Possibly a seedling of Nonpareil.

An after-dinner apple of unparalleled quality. Not for those who like mild sweet apples. Each bite is an intense aromatic sting of sharp and sweet, with hints of other indescribable but absolutely wonderful tastes and aftertastes.

Beginning to show up here and there in commercial orchards. A good sharp addition to hard cider.

Medium-small oblate and lopsided orange-gold-green russet fruits ripen in October. Store until New Year to reach perfection. Keeps until they’re all gone. Moderately vigorous tree may bear irregularly, but it’s worth the wait. Somewhat scab resistant. Blooms midseason. Z4-7. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees; semi-dwarf: 2-5' bare-root trees)

105 Ashmead’s Kernel
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105A: on standard stock, 1 for $30.25
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105C: on M111 semi-dwarfing stock, 1 for $30.25
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All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

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