Golden Harvey, also known as Brandy, is one of the oldest English apple varieties. It is believed to have originated in the 1600s in the historic county of Herefordshire, West Midlands. It is a dessert apple, small in size with an oblate cylindrical shape. The skin is entirely covered with rough, golden russet and the flesh is crisp and firm. It ripens in December and keeps until June. This variety is valued for its rich, intense and sweet flavor.
Due to its sweet and strong taste, the Golden Harvey is primarily used for making cider. It was a very popular apple variety in Victorian times, however, at the end of the nineteenth century there was a decline in demand. Today, the Golden Harvey apple is cultivated much less and can only be found in specialised orchards.