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Blossom of Apple 'Hector Macdonald', late April. An English culinary apple raised by Charles Ross, head gardener at Welford Park, Newbury, Berkshire. First recorded in 1904. "Named after Ross's childhood friend and hero, 'Fighting Mac', a popular soldier figure of late Victorian era. Resembles small 'Lane's Prince Albert'. Cooks to pale cream puree, but low acidity; can be very mildly flavoured" ('The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards)