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Bess Pool

Dessert apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Discovered in a wood in Nottinghamshire by Bess Pool. It was first recorded in 1824 and introduced by nurseryman, Pearson, of Chilwell, Nottinghamshire. This apple flowers very late and is therefore useful in areas prone to frost. Fruits have rather dry, slightly coarse-textured flesh with a sweet and pleasant flavour.

Bess Poole, Best Pool, Black Blenheim, Muskerte Gelbe Reinette, Muskierte Gelbe Reinette, Muskirke Gelbe Reinette, Muskirte Gelbe Reinette, Old Bess Pool, Old Best Pool, Red Rice, Ronald's Besspool, Stadlerope Pippin, Stadway Pippin, Stradbroke Pippin, Stradbrooke Pippin, Walsgrove Blenheim
Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Donnington)
Mother to:
New Bess Pool
Flat globose 2
medium 2
63.00mm 2
70.00mm 2
Ground Colour
Yellow 2
Over Colour
Red 2
dry 2
Flesh Colour
Yellowish 2

Accession No.
1957 - 209


Accession name
Bess Pool
Flowering time  ›››
17th May10% flowering
22nd MayFull (80%) flowering
30th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Early October 1

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 NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.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