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Bedfordshire Foundling apple

Large angular cooking apple

Bedfordshire Foundling identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 15 Oct 2020  Mary Morris,  SA, Australia
    Beautiful sour cooking apple which cooks down into soft fluffy pulp. Best picked in mid to late summer while still hard and green. Doesn't store well as it goes soft within a few days of picking. Especially good in pies with heavy cream. Our 2 trees were grafted from my grandmothers tree in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia which would be around 90 years old. Her tree came from wood from her parents' tree. Family heirloom much valued by at least 5 generations.
  • 25 Sep 2014  Peter Revell,  Herts, United Kingdom
    I grow this variety. Of 24 varieties of leading heritage varieties in my orchard it is immune to Scab and Mildew, produces such heavy crops that it has to be thinned twice per season and still yields fruits of 20 ounces. At two Apple Days it was voted best tasting apple of 12 varieties by women! It is a stunning dual purpose variety whose only fault is that it is the first to be attacked by corvids every year. I love it.

Tree register

United Kingdom



  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1800s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1617
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-020

Where to buy fresh fruit



  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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