A very early dessert apple Gladstone is best eaten off the tree from late July. Very good flavour, sweet and juicy. Surface almost all covered deep or brick red developing a greasy feel. Medium sized apples round conical with some broad ribbing that converges into a ‘crown’ at the apex.
To enjoy its flavour the best pick while still on the tree and the apples are not too deep red. Apples that have fallen can be soft and unappealing.
Arose about 1780 presumably as a chance seedling. Named as Jackson’s Seedling somewhat later in 1868 when first introduced but renamed in 1883 after the then Prime Minister.
Pollination group – C Picking time – late July Storage until – does not keep