Epicure or Laxton's Epicure


Raised in 1909 by Laxton Bros. Ltd of Bedford from Wealthy x Cox’s Orange Pippin. Awarded the Bunyard Cup in 1929 and 1932.  RHS Award of Merit in 1931.

Medium size to slightly smaller.  Flat round to round conical, the ones in the sample I drew were round, slightly conical. Regular, symmetrical.
Green yellow with crimson brown flush, thin, broken dark crimson/brown stripes radiating out over apple.  Lenticels inconspicuous. Skin smooth and dry.
Superficially this can be mistaken for Ellison’s Orange but feel the skin texture and then taste – unmistakable!
Bultitude puts this with the Reinettes but there is usually not much russet on surface.

Cavity wide and deep, little or no russet.
Stalk long and fairly stout, well above cavity.
Basin wide, ribbed and fairly shallow.
Eye closed or very slightly open,
Sepals broad based, convergent and reflexed.
Flesh creamy white and juicy.  Good flavour but does not keep.

Tube cone, Stamens median, Core axile

Tree tends to over-crop with small fruits, moderately vigorous, upward spreading.

Flowering Same time as Cox’s Orange Pippin with Worcester Pearmain  Pollination group C

Season : Mid August to mid September