A much-loved apple but hated by growers. As its name suggest it was discovered in the late 1940s growing wild from seed in a Worcester Pearmain apple orchard. I believe it is a cross between the Worcester and Beaty of Bath which may have been used as a pollinator in the orchard. Why is it hated? well it is susceptible to every bug in the orchard, rots and cracks in wet weather, sun burns in hot weather, is loved by blackbirds and wasps alike, and cannot be stored for long, even in a cold room. It does make good cider though and is usually the first to be picked and juiced. Fermenting in the summer warmth means it brews very quickly and used by some as the first of the season’s cider.