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Gretna Green old apple variety

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:53 pm
by katrina.richards
Hi, Has anyone heard of an old apple called Gretna Green?
Cheers, Katrina in New Zealand

Re: Gretna Green old apple variety

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:05 am
by OrangePippin-Richard
There is an example of this variety in the UK National Fruit Collection, but I have never tried it and can't find any details.

I assume it must come from the small town of Gretna Green, in Scotland, just over the border from England.

Re: Gretna Green old apple variety

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:51 am
by katrina.richards
Thanks for the speedy reply. I know an old lady in New Zealand who has one old tree. Its the only one I have come across and it has me curious. The description I have from her family is: inconspicuous apple, moderately small, more flattened shape than round. Skin white when ripe with some green around stem. Good flavoured cooking apple, cooks to apple sauce. Here in temperate climate New Zealand it is ready in late January (approximately similar time to to Irish Peach).

Re: Gretna Green old apple variety

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:43 pm
by katrina.richards
I can update a little about Gretna Green--I was given one last month (March--mid harvest in New Zealand), very over ripe. It was round, with shiney skin and noticeable lenticles, pale yellow in colour with a little pink blush. It had a short stalk, but a wide calyx depression. Raw it tasted OK but bland, maybe like an overripe Ballarat (an old Australian cooker of similar shape). It cooks to a smooth yellow puree that is very nice in flavour. Its cooked texture was silky on the tongue (very smooth). I have put a photo on my Facebook page at

Saved: Gretna Green apple

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:38 pm
by katrinarichards
I am delighted to report that Gretna Green seems to be safe now from being lost, the fates being kind. The original tree in Nelson area, New Zealand has died leaving one branch on a second tree there. I successfully grafted it on my own tree and have sent scion wood to multiple collectors around New Zealand. We sold several potted up grafted trees at a recent Tree Crops conference, too. :D Hopefully Gretna Green will stay around in the apple community now.

Re: Gretna Green old apple variety

Posted: Thu May 07, 2020 9:01 am
by Kellogg Hill Farms
Very nice. It's always good to be able to keep a hard to find variety going. Good luck with this project!