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Bevan’s Favorite

Synonyms: Early Bevan, Striped June, Bivins

Identification: Medium size and round, flattened. Background skin colour is greenish yellow with wide, bright-red stripes on the the sun-exposed face. The stem is long and somewhat stout, set in a moderately wide and deep cavity. The calyx is closed and set in a flat and shallow basin.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, crisp, fine-grained and moderately juicy. Sweet sharp.

Uses: Fresh eating, baking and frying.

Origins: Though often considered an apple from the Deep South of the United States, Bevan's Favourite actually originated in Salem in Salem County, New Jersey (U.S.A.) during the first half of the 1800s. It was first mentioned in "The Culture and Uses of the Apple" by J.J. Thomas in the 1845 "Documents of the Senate of the State of New York." Later described in A.J. Downing's "Fruit and Fruit Trees of America" (1863 update by Charles Downing). It was widely grown in the southern United States, but slowly faded away in the early 1900s. Lee Calhoun, author of "Old Southern Apples" (published 1995, 2011) undertook the search for this cultivar and discovered a lone tree in 1985 in Alamance County, North Carolina. It is once again available at select nurseries in the U.S.A.

Cultivation: Vigorous. Produces the best apples in warmer climates. Tolerates Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Cold storage: Does not keep well. Tends to go soft within a few days after being picked.

Harvest: Ready for harvest late in the third period.

Harvest period: 3

Type(s): Eating

Hardiness Zone min: 4

Hardiness Zone max: 8


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