Meridian Apples are medium-sized and round, but slightly flattened at the top and bottom.
They have yellow skin striped with bright red, and decorated with yellow dots.
Inside, the cream-coloured flesh is firm, juicy and somewhat aromatic, with a sweet taste and a bit of tartness.
Ready for harvest in September in the Northern Hemisphere.
Stores until about January.
Meridian Apples were developed in 1972 from a cross between a Cox’s Orange Pippin and Falstaff at the East Malling Research Station, Kent, England by a Dr Frank Alston of the Horticulture Research International (HRI) East Malling, England.
During development, the apple was referred to as “M26.”
The apple was officially launched at the National Fruit Show, Detling, Kent on 20 October 1999.
Introduced publicly in 2000.