Apple - George Cave - tasting notes, identification, reviews
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George Cave apple

George Cave is an early English apple, ripening in early/mid August.  It has a pleasing appearance, and like many summer apples can vary in colour from its basic green/yellow colour to all-over red depending on where the apple is exposed to the sun.

The flavour is typical of early English apples, lacking any of the aromatic qualities found in later season varieties, and basically just tasting of "apple".  The main distinguishing feature of the flavour is that it is somewhat stronger and more intense than other early season varieties.  The flesh has some crispness straight from the tree and is moderately juicy, but softens within a few hours of picking, and becomes dry and mealy within a few days - this is an apple that is at its best on the day of picking.

George Cave is not widely-grown, but it retains a following and many fruit tree nurseries list it in their catalogues, and the apples are sometimes available from small farms and orchards.

Last updated 02 Jan 2011.

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11 Oct 2015 
The first apple of the season in my garden. Most years I start using them before the end of July, and some years the first two or three have fallen by then. Sharp but pleasant. I agree that they don't keep well, but they are acceptable until September or early October, by which time other varieties are available in my garden. Best to thin the young fruit for fewer but larger apples.

30 Aug 2015 
My tree produces masses of small apples in August every year. Reasonably pleasant to eat fully ripe straight from the tree but otherwise not worth eating. I sometimes use for chutney.

24 Sep 2013 
does not store well , impractical to eat on day of picking as have hundreds of them!! They drop from the tree when ripe so difficult to havest as pick one , and a shower of them falls off!

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A very early English apple, popular as a garden apple variety.

George Cave phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Essex, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1923
  • Developed by: Mr George Cave
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1569
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1979-160


  • Fruit colour: Red / Green Pale green/yellow but can be entirely flushed with red
  • Bultitude apple group: 4. Flushed / striped, smooth, dessert / dual-purpose


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days


  • Cropping: Light
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile Not all authorities agree it is self-fertile.
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

References and further reading about this variety

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

George Cave identification photos from official fruit collections



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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • May  2015  - tree owned by Paul in LLANDYFRIOG, NEWCASTLE EMLYN, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • May  2013  - tree owned by Dan in Killarney, Ireland

2010 season

  • 26th April  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • 2nd week August  2015  - tree owned by Paul in LLANDYFRIOG, NEWCASTLE EMLYN, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 2nd week August  2013  - tree owned by Dan in Killarney, Ireland

2010 season

  • 1st week August  2010  - tree owned by Helmut in NEUKIRCH, Switzerland

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