James Grieve is a massively underrated dessert
apple. The fruit varies from sharp and acidic to rich and
mellow depending when you pick it. And the variety grows well in
unsheltered, relatively cool conditions and is resistant to virtually
all of the apples growers many problems.
by one James Grieve in Edinburgh around 1890 from pollination of
a Pott’s Seedling or a Cox’s
Orange Pippin the variety is often dismissed by modern gardeners
on the tree until this time of year (late October) the fruit has
a depth of flavour that can only be rivalled by the Orange Pippin
(but without the problems). You won’t find anything like it
from the modern mass produced varieties and you will have to grow
it yourself because no commercial growers will touch it.
James Grieve was grown commercially throughout Europe between the
wars but required careful packing with straw which is, of course,
anathema to modern retailers and particularly supermarkets.