History of the Mareda apple
The Mareda apple was first grown in 1926 by A.C. Nash of Scutes Farm near Hastings, from a pip of the American apple Winesap.
It is currently cultivated as part of Brighton Permaculture Trust’s National Collection in Stanmer Park, Brighton. You can see a Mareda apple tree (planted 2010) in Home Farm Orchard, Stanmer Park ( map).
Description of fruit
Mareda is a large apple that is oblong-conical in shape. It has a distinctive sweet, winey or sweet melon taste, with firm flesh. It is handsomely flushed orange-red, and striped in bright red over yellow green.
Season of use
The fruit can be picked in late October and stored until March.
The variety grows vigorously with biennial cropping.
Flowering and pollination
Flowering day: F12
How to identify a Mareda apple
Apples can be identified by sending them to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale or by bringing a sample to Apple Day Brighton, where an expert pomologist will be on hand to identify apples. From each tree, bring three or more ripe fruits and a shoot with representative leaves.
Where to buy a Mareda apple tree
Please contact us for details of our supplier for Sussex apple varieties.