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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

Ploidy: diploid

Zones: 5

Pollination partners: black oxford, goldrush, kingston black, stoke red            

Disease resistance: some

Crop: good  

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 [2] It is similar to Dabinett proper but is purplish in colour and generally more vigorous. -The New Cider Maker’s Handbook by Claude Jolicoeur