One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An English dessert apple of a golden or orange-red variety which ripens late in the season.
- ‘When scaffolders uprooted his Blenheim Orange, Nigel Slater swallowed hard and set off to find the perfect apple tree.’
- ‘They must has been one of the first nurserymen to distribute Blenheim Orange, as it was not in wide circulation before 1818.’
- ‘Another favourite was Blenheim Orange which was often found in Christmas stockings just when the flavour was at its most rich and distinctive.’
- ‘The Blenheim Orange is one of the loveliest apples of all with its dry distinctive flavour.’
- ‘The first cottage after the mill has a plaque recording the raising of the first Blenheim Orange apple here by George Kempster.’
So named because it was discovered growing by the boundary wall of the Blenheim estate (see Blenheim) in the 18th century.
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