The apples are aromatic and have firm, crisp juicy flesh.
The tree likes a long, hot summer. Apples can be left on the tree in temperate climates until Christmas.
Used for both fresh-eating and cooking. Some like it for cider.
Grown in Australia, UK, South Africa and in New Zealand.
Stores very well. Needs in fact a feed months in storage to develop texture and taste.
Developed in the early 1800s from a seed planted by a nurseryman named Ezekiel Dillistone of Rectory House, Sturmer, Suffolk (near Haverhill and the Essex border.) Presented to the (not specified which one) Horticultural Society in 1827. Released 1831.
Some graftings were taken to Australia by Dillistone’s grandson Thomas in the 1880s. The apple became popular in Tasmania.
By the 1930s, the apples were being exported back to England.