Sweet-tart spicy apple with a firm, non-breaking texture. One of the "classic," heirloom varieties in the U.S. A traditional English variety, it was raised from seed planted by Dr. Ashmead, an eminent physician from Gloucester. Rated first in quality a few years ago in a blind taste test by the Royal Horticultural Society. Originating in Gloucester, England Circa 18th century. Ripens in early September.