Red Charles Ross apple

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A large, dual purpose apple of wonderful appearance, being round and shiny, with greenish-yellow skin flushed all over with rich orange-red. It is named after the head gardener at Welford Park in Berkshire from 1860 to 1908. He developed this apple in 1890, using Cox's Orange Pippin as one of the parents and Peasgood Nonsuch as the other. Its original name was Thomas Andrew Knight but it was renamed in 1899. It is a mid-season variety which is picked from mid-September in South-East England but does not store very well. Early on it is sharp and juicy, becoming deep yellow as the season progresses and developing a musky scent. This popular apple was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit and the Royal Horticultural Society First Class Certificate in 1899. It retains its shape on cooking so is good for pies and tarts.