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Blossom of Apple 'Mannington's Pearmain', early May. An English dessert apple ... "arose c. 1770 from cider pomace thrown under hedge in garden of blacksmith, Mr Turley, Uckfield, Sussex. Sent 1847 to London Hort Soc by his grandson, John Mannington, local butcher and keen fruit man. Rich, aromatic, not intensely so, but well balanced with definite nutty quality. Esteemed by Victorians." (The New Book of Apples by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards)