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Parentage (probably Chisel Jersey seedling), England, 1850-1900s
Fruit: Bittersweet (low acid & high tannin)
Uses: juice, hard cider
Flowering: late season, self-sterile
Tree: average growth
Pollination partners: black oxford, goldrush, kingston black, stoke red
Disease resistance: some
Pick: late season
Storage quality: mellows
History: full bittersweet, vintage Found prob early 1900s, in a hedge in Middle Lambrook, Somerset, by Mr William Dabinett. Believed Chisel Jersey seedling. Small, greenish yellow, flushed and striped in red; strong aroma when ripe. Produces sweet, astringent juice and bittersweet cider with ‘soft, full bodied, astringency’. Grown all cider counties and widely planted intensive orchards. F m; slf fertile. T1; prec, gd crops. H Nov.Morgan, Joan (2013-06-06). The New Book Of Apples (Kindle Locations 10794-10798). Ebury Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Dabinett probably dates from the early 1900s, when it was found by William Dabinett growing as a wilding (a natural seedling) in a hedge at Middle Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset.The exact genetic makeup of Dabinett is unknown, though one 'parent' was probably the Chisel Jersey apple, a similar late "bittersweet" variety. The variety became very popular and was widely planted across the south-west of England.
A seedling of this variety, known as Black Dabinett, also locally known as "Tommy Rodford", arose at Kingsbury Episcopi near Martock  It is similar to Dabinett proper but is purplish in colour and generally more vigorous. -The New Cider Maker’s Handbook by Claude Jolicoeur