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Tydeman's Early Worcester apple

An interesting cross between McIntosh and Worcester Pearmain, two varieties which in some ways were made for each other.  The result is an early-season apple which mostly takes after Worcester Pearmain but gets some useful extra sweetness and juiciness from McIntosh.

Last updated 27 Dec 2013.

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Current rating: 4.4 out of 5. Total votes cast: 10

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07 Sep 2014 
I put one of these in my garden because Keeper's Nursery said it was suitable for northern Britain, now about 6 years old. Not particularly impressed - crunchy and juicy but rather flavourless. A disappointment to its parents!

24 Oct 2013 
I've just bought these apples from my local farm shop. Delicious. My favorite apple is the McIntosh Red but hopeless to find in shops in the South of England. This apple is a good second best. I don't normally eat apples as I like the softer flesh. Could even be tempted to try growing some.

14 Aug 2012 
A very tasty apple with a texture that is between crisp and mushy. One of the tastiest early apples. It does brown very quickly though !

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A sweet early-season English apple, grown commercially on a small scale. Has a good flavour and somewhat under-rated.

Tydeman's Early Worcester phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: McIntosh x Worcester Pearmain
  • Originates from: United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1928 / 1945
  • Developed by: H.M. Tydeman, East Malling Research Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1116
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2006-011


  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Bloom qualities: Pale lavender colour
  • Bloom qualities: Thin White
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Vinous
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Flavour style: Strawberry / raspberry
  • Harvest period: Early-Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer


  • Canker  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Also known as

  • Tydeman's Red

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Tydeman's Early Worcester identification photos from official fruit collections

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Tydeman's Early Worcester identification photos from website visitors

Tydeman's Early Worcester apple
Tydeman's Early Worcester apple

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 2nd May  2014  - tree owned by Robert in ST ALBANS, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • May  2013  - tree owned by Martin in WESTON-SUPER-MARE, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 2nd May  2012  - tree owned by Celia in MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 1st May  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2013 season

    • 4th week August  2013  - tree owned by Martin in WESTON-SUPER-MARE, United Kingdom

    2012 season

      2010 season

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