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D'Arcy Spice

Dessert apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Found in the garden of The Hall, Tolleshunt d'Arcy, Essex in about 1785, but may have earlier origins. It was introduced by John Harris, a nurseryman of Broomfield, as Baddow Pippin in 1848. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a characteristic aromatic flavour.

Synonyms:
Baddow Pippin, Essex Spice, Pepin de Baddow, Spice, Spice Apple, Spring Ribston, Spring Ribston Pippin, Spring Ribstone, Winter Ribston
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 (Paramor)
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Donnington)
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Ffordd-fawr)
Shape
Oblong 2
Size
medium 2
Height
57.00mm 2
Width
64.00mm 2
Ribbing
strong 2
Ground Colour
Green yellow 2
Over Colour
Red 2
Russet
low 2
Greasiness
Weak 2
Crunch
crisp 2
Coarseness
fine 2
Flesh Colour
Greenish 2

Accession No.
1942 - 006

  

Accession name
D'Arcy Spice
Flowering time  ›››
9th May10% flowering
14th MayFull (80%) flowering
23rd May90% petal fall
Picking time
Late October 1


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 NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.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