Sir John Thornycroft Apples
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The Sir John Thornycroft apple is of large size, round in shape but slightly flattened at either end. The tough skin has a golden-green base color overlaid with scarlet and crimson flush or streaked. Some russetting and lenticels are present. Inside, the flesh is somewhat hard or tough, juicy, and crisp. The flavor is aromatic, delicate, and sweet.
Sir John Thornycroft apples are available mid-fall through early winter.
The Sir John Thornycroft apple is an older English variety of Malus domestica named after the gentleman who grew it first. It is of unknown parentage, but is still grown on the Isle of Wight today, in England.
Most of the nutrition of apples comes from the fruit’s carbohydrate and fiber content. One medium-sized apple contains almost 20% of the recommended daily intake, along with plenty of Vitamin C. Apples contain smaller amounts of other antioxidants beyond Vitamin C, which have several health benefits. For example, quercetin is anti-inflammatory, while catechin can improve brain and muscle function.
Sir John Thornycroft is a dessert apple, best for fresh eating but also can be used in cooking or baking. Pair with other fresh fruit such as berries, or traditional apple spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. It will store well in cool, dry conditions for about two months.
Supermarkets often sell only a handful of apple varieties. However, in England, as elsewhere, consumers are increasingly interested in buying more unusual varieties, including antique apples such as the Sir John Thornycroft. Beginning in the early 2000s in England, many stores began selling local and antique apples, expanding the options beyond a few big commercial successes.
This apple was raised around 1900 on the Isle of Wight in Great Britain and commercially introduced in 1913. It was one of several apples developed by Sir John Thorneycroft, Lady Thorneycroft, and their head gardener Mr. Collister. This particular variety was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit in 1911. It grows best in temperate climates such as Great Britain.