Wayside apple

Wayside (Malus domestica Wayside) is a seedling of the variety Charles Ross. It owes its name to an early grower - Miss Cunningham who lived at 'Wayside' on the Huntington Road in Cambridge. It was first recorded in 1930.

Charles Ross is a classic English late-Victorian apple. It is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and an older English cooking apple called Peasgood Nonsuch. The result is a versatile apple, which looks like a large Cox's Orange Pippin, with the characteristic red-orange streaks, but sometimes with a more yellow background.

The fruit is ready for picking in late September and eating in October to November. The flesh is juicy but quite light, becoming almost powdery as it matures. The flavour is very sweet, but not bland - it has some of the aromatic qualities of Cox's Orange Pippin and is reminiscent of pears.

Charles Ross is also a useful cooking variety. When fresh from the tree, the flesh does not entirely breakdown into a puree. It is ideal if you like apple pies with chunky apple pieces. Being quite large and juicy it is also a good variety for making your own fresh apple juice.