They have green skin ripening to a dull yellow, flushed with dull orange and a bright red, with russetting.
Inside, they have firm, crisp, juicy yellow flesh.
The flavour can be astringent at times, but otherwise is sweet with some richness and sharpness.
Generally harvested in late September (some advise early November.)
The tree is hardy and compact tree and can self-pollinate, but it can be a biennial bearer.
Stores until January.
Christmas Pearmain Apples were developed by a Mr Manser sometime around 1893 in Maidstone, Kent, England.
Introduced commercially by G. Bunyard of G Bunyard & Co nursery in Maidstone, Kent.
The word “pearmain” comes from the French adjective “parmanus”, meaning from Parma in northern Italy.