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Similkameen Nurseries Ltd.

Apple "Ashmead's Kernel"

Regular price $46.26 CAD
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Rootstock Descriptions and Information

Order fulfilment occurs after harvest between April 1st - April 30th

Ashmead’s Kernel

A Class of its Own

            [Acid- high; Sugar-high; Tannin-medium]

Eating, Culinary, Cider

English Mainstay, Adaptable,

Physical Attributes:
  • Shape: Smallish, round squat
  • Skin: Dull yellow-greenish, with a golden blush, brown streaking and light russeting
  • Flesh: Yellow-greenish, tender, coarse-grained. Rapid oxidizer

            Prohibitively tart when first picked, but improves immensely after about a month of storage, just when “the skin begins to wrinkle.” Smells of orange blossoms, spices and nuts and is frequently likened to the British confections “Pear Drops”

Neat History:

            Developed by William Ashmead around 1720 in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom and has since retained something of a cult following despite it’s nondescript characteristics.

Growing Attributes:
  • Precocity: Slow
  • Vigour: Highly vigorous, upright spreading
  • Disease Tolerance: Above Average
  • Zone Hardiness: 4 (Map Link) prefers temperate climates
  • Pollination Group: IV (Chart) (Triploid)
  • Cropping: Annual, but erratic, light crop
  • Picking Season: Mid October
  • Storage: 3-4 months, flavour improves after a month of storage.
  • Special Care: Spur-bearing


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