Keldholme Cooker

The hamlet of Keldholme lies just to the east of Kirkbymoorside. The tree was growing in the garden of an old cottage there but was due to be cut down in the summer of 2015 to make way for new building. Fortunately we were able to take scion wood from the tree before it was felled so it will live on through its daughter trees. The tree is reported to be a Keswick Codlin, a very old second early cooking apple that was first known around 1790 and has proved to be a very reliable and hardy apple that is well suited to growing in the north. The fruit is ready for picking in mid-September and is a useful and tasty cooking apple which is ready for eating long before many of the other well-known cookers.