Devonshire Quarrenden is a historically important English summer apple. It was first recorded in the 1690s and by Victorian times was widely grown throughout the UK. Victorian author Robert Hogg says he had "observed it in perfect health ... from Devonshire to the Moray Firth".
It has a distinctive (albeit sometimes elusive) strawberry-like flavour, and the skin can also bleed into the crisp sweet flesh, to give a red-tinged flesh and juice. These characteristics, along with its robust good health, are also apparent in its popular offspring Worcester Pearmain and Discovery.
As with all early summer apples, timing is everything - the fruit can go from under-ripe to over-ripe quite quickly. Fortunately it is a very good juicing apple, and this is an excellent way to deal with a surplus.
Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.
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Devonshire Quarrenden is in flowering group 2. Devonshire Quarrenden is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.
Don't let the name mislead you into thinking it can only be grown in the south-west of the UK, because Devonshire Quarrenden can be grown successfully throughout the UK. Indeed it is a wise choice for anyone wanting an early summer apple in less than ideal conditions.
The main issue to contend with is its tendency to lapse into biennial bearing as it gets older. If you suspect this is happening, be sure to thin the fruitlets in early June in the "on" year.
There are records of Devonshire Quarrenden going back to the late 17th century - the Victorian pomologist Robert Hogg mentions a reference to it in the "Compleat Planter and Cyderist" of 1690. However its origins are unknown, although it may have come from France earlier in the 17th century.