The flesh is very juicy, with a tart flavour.
The Alfriston Apple tree is very productive, delivering a late harvest.
Alfriston Apples are good cooking apples. They cook up to a light golden-brown purée.
Alfriston Apples store well, but start to lose their tartness after a few months.
Alfriston Apples were developed in Uckfield in Sussex, England in the late 1700s by a Mr Shepherd, and were originally named Shepherd’s Seedling / Shepherd’s Pippin. Renamed in 1891 to Alfriston by a Mr Brookes (possibly Charles Brooker) from Alfriston, Sussex, when he sent it to the Royal Horticultural Society as a sample, who suggested the name. In 1920, Alfriston Apples received the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.
Alfriston Apples were grown commercially in England until about the 1930s.