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Scotch Bridget apple

Scotch Bridget is an attractive orange-flushed cooking apple originating from Scotland.  The flavour is richly acidic and the flesh is soft and juicy - good characteristics for a successful cooking apple.  The apples keep for several months, and can be eaten raw after the New Year.

Scotch Bridget found a second home in the north-west of England where it was widely grown around Lancaster by the end of the 19th century.  Unlike most apple varieties it will crop reliably in areas of wet winters, and poor summers.

Rated by Victorian author Robert Hogg as "an excellent culinary apple".

Scotch Bridget identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Scotch Bridget
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United Kingdom

Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 27th April  2014  - tree owned by Michael in Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 3rd week October  2013  - tree owned by Michael in Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
  • 3rd week October  2013  - tree owned by Michael in Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1582


  • Picking season: Late
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Food uses: Traditional cooker
  • Discoloration of fruit: Oxidising


  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Bearing regularity: Regular


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899

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  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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