Discovery is probably the most well-known early English apple variety, ripening in late August.
It is grown commercially on a small scale in the UK, but it has a very short shelf-life, and shop-bought apples can be disappointing if not picked at exactly the right time. For this reason Discovery is definitely a variety that is better grown in the garden, and preferably eaten straight from the tree - although it will keep in a fridge for a week if necessary.
In some years there is a hint of strawberry flavor, which adds to the summery appeal.
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Discovery is very easy to grow, and has good disease resistance. Being an early-season apple, it can ripen in a short growing season and is therefore a good choice for northern areas.
Discovery is a seedling of another popular English early apple, Worcester Pearmain, found in Essex, UK, in 1949.