Ashmead’s Kernel

Sweet Tart

Ashmead’s Kernel has exceptional juiciness and rich, complex flavor. It is a popular heirloom variety for cider and fresh eating for that reason. It tends to sweeten after it is picked in September and October. Its russeted skin often has a distinctive orange blush.

Discovered: 1700s, England

Parentage: Unknown

Harvest: Midseason


A doctor in Gloucester, England around 1700, first grew Ashmead’s Kernel from seed (kernel means fruit seed).