This apple was planted in our orchard in 2013. It has been adopted by Tara Langley, a very regular volunteer in the orchard. At the time of adoption she had volunteered 35 times since 2015.

The Pendragon is an unusual red-fleshed apple from Cornwall or Devon in England. The bark, blossom, and leaves also have a dull-red tint.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Cornwall or Devon, in south-west England, United Kingdom
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1602

Interesting article in the Telegraph

(although I’d take it with a pinch of salt; attention-grabbing headlines. Amazingly a local Cornish Tree company was inundated with 1000’s of emails and calls after the article came out, so much so that his phone & email went out of action) – see his article below. )

Researchers claim that the Pendragon apple, which has been grown in England since the 12th century, contains higher levels of plant chemicals linked to health benefits – including reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar – than other varieties.

The apple came top in a test of 12 organic and three normally grown apples, beating rivals such as Golden Delicious, Royal Gala and Cox.

“Of all the organic varieties, Pendragon was the best apple variety and contained seven of the eight kinds of healthy components at the highest levels,” said pharmacist Michael Wakeman, who led the study and presented his findings to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference in Manchester.

“In contrast, the non-organic apples consistently had low levels … in both the flesh and the peel,” said Mr Wakeman, who works for Eden Healthcare Technologies in Leicestershire.

Runners up to Pendragon were an organically grown variety of Golden Delicious, a cider apple called Collogett Pippin, and old Cornish and Devon apple varieties, Ben’s Red and Devonshire Quarrenden.

This is an interesting article following the Telegraph article above: