Worcester Pearmain is a red summer apple, slow to come into cropping. It is often picked too early and then is of disappointing quality. At their best, the apples are sweet and flavoursome, sometimes with a touch of strawberry. It used to be a very popular early-season apple, and it has been used in many crosses to create more varieties. It is liked by gardeners in part for its lovely blossom. The tree is moderate in vigour, and suitable for the North. It was raised by Mr Hale of Swan Pool, near Worcester, England, and introduced by Smith of Worcester in 1874.