Ashmeads Kernel apple tree is known as an old English winter russet apple. The first Ashmeads Kernel apple tree, originated from a seed planted around 1700 by a Dr. Thomas Ashmead in Gloucester. The Ashmeads Kernel apple is medium size, golden-brown skin with a distinct crisp, nutty snap. The fruit explodes with a champagne-sherbet juice infused with a sugary and sharp character. The Ashmeads Kernel apple is one of my favorite apples in our orchard. It’s one of the favorites for cider as well.