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Discovery

Dessert apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Raised in about 1949 by Mr Drummer, a workman on an Essex fruit farm. It was first named 'Thurston August' but renamed Discovery in 1962 and introduced by nurseryman J. Matthews, Thurston, Suffolk. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a fairly sweet and pleasant flavour.

Synonyms:
Thurston August
Availability
Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in the East of England Apples & Orchards Project
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Tredomen)
Parentage:
Worcester Pearmain x Beauty of Bath
Mother to:
Limelight

Accession No.
1973 - 189

  

Accession name
Discovery (EMLA 1)
Flowering time  ›››
7th May10% flowering
12th MayFull (80%) flowering
19th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid August 1

Accession No.
1982 - 272

  

Accession name
Discovery (original tree No. 1)

Accession No.
1982 - 301

  

Accession name
Discovery (original tree no.2)
Size
medium 1
Shape
Flat 1
Height
45.38 mm 1
Width
63.00 mm 1
Ribbing
weak-medium 1
Crown
absent 1
Ground Colour
Whitish yellow 1
Over Colour
Orange 1
Over Colour Pattern
striped/solid flush 1
Russet
low 1


References:
1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register