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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.



George Cave identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 11 Oct 2015  Peter j,  HERTFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom
    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  Richard,  DORSET, United Kingdom
    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  Julie,  LONDON, United Kingdom
    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!
  • 07 Jan 2012  Jeremy Hoyland,  United Kingdom
    Very good for an early apple, I don't know why anyone would eat a Worcester instead. Admittedly mine come straight from the tree, and the tree is in the county the variety was discovered.

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 3rd May  2018  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom

2017 season

  • 25th April  2017  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 9th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 3rd May  2015  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • May  2015  - tree owned by Paul in Llandyfriog, Newcastle Emlyn, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 22nd April  2014  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 19th May  2013  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 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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Harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 1st week August  2017  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 3rd week August  2016  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 3rd week August  2015  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week August  2015  - tree owned by Paul in Llandyfriog, Newcastle Emlyn, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 2nd week August  2014  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week August  2014  - tree owned by Steve in Glastonbury, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 2nd week September  2013  - tree owned by Bill in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week August  2013  - tree owned by Dan in Killarney, Ireland

2012 season

  • 2nd week August  2012  - tree owned by Lyn in Llandovery, United Kingdom
  • 1st week August  2012  - tree owned by Helmut in Neukirch, Switzerland

2011 season

  • 4th week July  2011  - tree owned by Helmut in Neukirch, Switzerland

2010 season

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

Origins

  • 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

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red / Green Pale green/yellow but can be entirely flushed with red
  • 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: 1-3 days

Growing

  • 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

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


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References

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon


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