Arose in Scotland and first recorded in about 1780. Named after Hawthornden, Near Edinburgh, the birthplace of the 16th century poet Drummond.
A popular Victorian garden variety. Commercially grown in Kent and by London market gardeners in the 19th century but its popularity waned by the 1890’s because the fruit bruises easily.
An attractive culinary apple, primrose yellow, lightly flushed pinky red. Cooks to a creamy, well flavoured, brisk puree. A spreading tree. Hardy but prone to mildew.