Why you should be excited
The story of Epicure
Like so many other English-bred apples, they started with Cox's Orange Pippin as one parent. For these particular siblings, the hardy Minnesota-bred Wealthy was the other.
Raised in 1909, about five years after its sister, Epicure produces an apple that's on the small side, but is pretty, has a nice texture and equally pleasant flavour for fresh-eating. Also known as Laxton's Epicure, this variety ripens fairly early in the season.
Laxton Brothers Nursery also introduced a bunch of other varieties during the same era (including Laxton's Superb, which we grow), a most excellent contribution to the diversity of good quality apples.
And after a century, this one remains a popular backyard garden variety in the U.K.
Raised from a seed near Bedfordshire, England in 1909; introduced in 1929.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The creamy white flesh is sweet and juicy, with a hint of Cox's Orange Pippin's complex flavour.
Small to medium-sized, with an attractive mottled flush of orange/red.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in early September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh-eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider.
Limited (no more than a few weeks when kept refrigerated).