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Beauty of Bath apple



Beauty of Bath is an attractive early-season English apple, hailing from the Victorian era.  It will ripen in mid-July in southern England.

Beauty of Bath was grown commercially in Victorian times because it was one of the earliest-ripening varieties then available, and it is a heavy-cropper with good disease resistance.  There is no commercial demand for this type of apple today because the market for apples in early summer in the northern hemisphere is dominated by high quality late-season varieties imported from the southern hemisphere.  Late season apples store and handle much better than early season varieties.  Indeed Beauty of Bath is best eaten straight from the tree, as it does not keep more than a day or so.  Although the flavour does not compare with later season apples, Beauty of Bath would have been a welcome sight in early August for the Victorian apple enthusiast, as the first sign of the new apple season.  Like most early varieties it is primarily quite a sharp flavour, but can be sweet if you catch it before it becomes over-ripe.

It is likely that Beauty of Bath is one of the parents of Discovery, probably the most famous English early-season apple.  This is historically likely, given that Beauty of Bath was grown quite widely in England, but another common characteristic of Discovery is the way the red skin bleeds into the white flesh - a characteristic also found in Beauty of Bath.

Beauty of Bath remains a popular garden apple variety in England, although somewhat eclipsed by the later summer apples such as Worcester Pearmain and Discovery.

Last updated 24 Nov 2012.

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30 Aug 2011 
We have just harvested a box of Beauty of Bath apples from on old tree in the village and are planning to freeze the apples washed and whole in order to keep them for our apple pressing day in October. It has not been a good year for apples in Scotland but this particular tree which normally bears very little fruit has borne its largest crop for a number of years. Fascinating. Very pretty tree


03 Aug 2011 
We have a Beauty of Bath apple tree in our garden and this has been really useful to learn a bit more about it. Can anyone tell me when they are due for picking? It is the start of August and I've already got loads of apples falling off the tree, but they don't seem as big as last year. The tree was cut back earlier this year so I wasn't sure whether that would affect the size of the apples? Also, this site seems to be saying that the apples don't keep once picked - I take it this means they can't be put into storage? Any advice gratefully received!


24 Mar 2011 
Good website. I am the new manager of the old department of agriculture Heritage apple collection in Tasmania, Australia. At between 700 - 800 commercial and heritage lines it is the largest collection of Pome fruit in Australia.


01 Jan 2010 
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A popular English garden apple from the Victorian era, one of the first to ripen.

Beauty of Bath phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: Late 19th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1231
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1966-146
  • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 4. Flushed / striped, smooth, dessert / dual-purpose

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: Does not keep

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Some resistance

Disease resistance

  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Bitter pit  - Some susceptibility

Pests

  • Woolly aphid  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

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Beauty of Bath identification photos from official fruit collections

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Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Beauty of Bath trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • August  2013  - tree owned by Jan in Fareham, United Kingdom
  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 5th May  2012  - tree owned by Wendy in Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 27th April  2012  - tree owned by Remy in BUCKINGHAM, United Kingdom
  • April  2012  - tree owned by Graham in COLDSTREAM, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 8th May  2011  - tree owned by Peter in BISHOPS STORTFORD, United Kingdom
  • 21st April  2011  - tree owned by Wendy in Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • March  2011  - tree owned by Donna in CHIPPENHAM, United Kingdom
  • March  2011  - tree owned by Geoff in DEAL, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 12th May  2010  - tree owned by Wendy in Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • May  2010  - tree owned by Alan in BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • 28th April  2010  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
  • April  2010  - tree owned by Geoff in DEAL, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • May  2009  - tree owned by Alan in BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • 19th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 3rd week August  2013  - tree owned by DoorusOrchard in KINVARA, Ireland
  • August  2013  - tree owned by Jan in Fareham, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • September  2012  - tree owned by Graham in COLDSTREAM, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week August  2012  - tree owned by DoorusOrchard in KINVARA, Ireland
  • 3rd week July  2012  - tree owned by Helmut in NEUKIRCH, Switzerland
  • January  2012  - tree owned by Katrina in NELSON, New Zealand

2011 season

  • 3rd week July  2011  - tree owned by Helmut in NEUKIRCH, Switzerland
  • 3rd week July  2011  - tree owned by a in TADCASTER, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week July  2011  - tree owned by Peter in BISHOPS STORTFORD, United Kingdom
  • July  2011  - tree owned by Geoff in DEAL, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • September  2010  - tree owned by Donna in CHIPPENHAM, United Kingdom
  • 1st week August  2010  - tree owned by Alan in BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week July  2010  - tree owned by a in TADCASTER, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week July  2010  - tree owned by Helmut in NEUKIRCH, Switzerland

2009 season

  • October  2009  - tree owned by Donna in CHIPPENHAM, United Kingdom
  • August  2009  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week July  2009  - tree owned by Alan in BRISTOL, United Kingdom

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