Reverend W. Wilks is the best early cooking apple, suitable for the north. It tends to be biennial. It is good for a small garden, because the tree remains compact. It was discovered in 1904 in Slough, and introduced in 1908, named after the secretary of the Royal Horticultural Society at that time. It is a cross between Peasgood’s Nonsuch and Ribston Pippin.
It cooks to a tasty purée, to which only a small amount of sugar has to be added.