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Collington Big Bitters

Cider apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Originated in Herefordshire and known to have been extensively planted in some West Midland orchards. A dual purpose apple traditionally used both for cider and for cooking. It is also known as

Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in Tidnor Wood National Collection® of Malus (Cider making)
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Paramor)
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Tredomen)

Accession No.
1989 - 120


Accession name
Collington Big Bitters
Flowering time  ›››
10th May10% flowering
15th MayFull (80%) flowering
20th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Late October 1
small-medium 1
Globose 1
56.30 mm 1
68.60 mm 1
medium 1
weak-medium 1
Ground Colour
Whitish green 1
Over Colour
Orange 1
Over Colour Amount
low-medium 1
Over Colour Pattern
striped/mottled/washed out 1
low 1
Flesh Colour
Cream 1

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 NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.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