Wheaten Loaves


An early cooker handed in to an Apple Day by Mr D Holmes from an old tree on his farm at Whitebeck in the Lyth valley. Whitebeck has been in his family since 1747 and has several orchards. Fruit was taken to market up to the 1960’s. The tree has dark green leaves and is scab-resistant. There is some confusion about the exact identity of this variety in the National Collection at Brogdale. DNA testing claims that two trees are identical to Fallbarrow Favourite while a third tree is claimed to be identical to a French variety, Transparente de Croncels. Investigation continues to identify the “authentic” Wheaten Loaves.

Origin: Cumbria