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Xavier de Bavay

Summary: There is little discussion about this apple that originated in Belgium, yet despite the silence that surrounds it, the cultivar seems to have survived the test of time and is grown and praised by select hobbyists and cider makers in Europe, North America and Australia.

Identification: Large, yellow with reddish-orange stripes.

Characteristics: The flesh is fine-grained, juicy, said to have excellent flavour.

Origins: Originated in the province of Brabant (Belgium), during the first half of the 1800s. Listed by John Scott Merriott, Somerset (U.K.) in the 1873 edition of his "Scott's Orchardist." Briefly described by Octave Thomas in his "Guide Pratique de l'Amateur de Fruits" (published in 1876).

Cultivation: Vigorous, hardy

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: Note that there is also a pear variety by the name Xavier de Bavay, also originating in Belgium. It was described in the "Cours Pratique de la Culture et de la Taille des Arbres Fruitiers" in 1862 by Xavier de Bavay, a member of Belgium's agriculture commission for the Brabant region and the fruit's namesake.

Type(s): Cider, Dessert, Eating


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