Discovery is a very successful early apple. One of the best August apples around. It is a regular cropper and very resistant to scab and mildew infections. It is an extremely good pollinator for other varieties. It is of average size and the fruit, as it ripens, does not drop. Because of its short growing season the taste is moderate but perfectly acceptable. It can be used for making pink apple juice, if the fruit is left on the tree to full maturity. One of the most suitable varieties to grow organically. Do not let it go short of water as the taste will be affected.
Disocvery originated from a tree grown in about 1949 from a cross-pollinated Worcester Pearmain by George Dummer, a fruit farm worker from Blacksmiths Corner, Langham, Essex. The tree was noticed by Suffolk nurseryman Jack Matthews, who launched it as Discovery in 1962. It went on to become the most successful early apple variety in the UK.