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Pollination group:


Synonyms: Ameret, Bec d’oie (this is also used for a variety of dessert apple), Bédan de Sainte-Hilaire, Bédan de Saint-Martin, Bedane, Bedange, Bédange blanc, Bedangue, Bedon, Bee d'Ane, Bee d'Angle, Berdan, Beurdan, Calotte, Doux d’Appili, Petit doux de Bretagne

Summary: A popular Normandy bitter sweet cider apple in use since the Middle Ages. Can be used for a single varietal cider or blended.

Identification: Medium to small size, round flattened. Base colour is greenish yellow, sometime faintly blushed on the sun exposed face and marked with very small, dark lenticels. The calyx is small and partly open, set in a medium to deep basin which is surrounded by five or six knobs. The stem is short and stout, usually set in a wide and deep cavity. Often with a network of reddish russet across the surface of the apple.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, firm. Somewhat dry and well scented, though bitter. The juice is deeply amber when first extracted.

Origins: Grown in the Calvados region of northwestern France since the Middle Ages. Dated to 1363.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous. Grows quite tall on its own roots. Very hardy but biennial.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

20 weeks

Cold storage: Can be kept in storage for up to five months.

Harvest: Should be left to hang as long as possible, but picked before the onset of freezing temperatures to get the best quality.

Juice character: The must has a proprietary odour and is very dark when first pressed, but becomes pale during fermentation. Typically presses out close to BRIX 18.0

Juice classification: Medium Bittersweet

Brix: 18

Specific gravity: 1.074

Type(s): Cider

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 8

Pollination group: H

Pollination day: 29