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Bedfordshire Foundling apple

Large angular cooking apple

USDA identification images for Bedfordshire Foundling

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Visitor reviews

    • 15 Oct 2020  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  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 - Apple
    • Originates from: Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1800s
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-020


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Bedfordshire Foundling:



    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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