History: Bedan des Parts is a French cider apple from Normandy that originated in the 1800s. It is still a popular cider apple in the area today.
Why We Grow It: The continuing popularity of this apple is due to the good quality juice it produces; bittersweet and blending well with others. Although a late bloomer, it is quite a heavy cropper.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions.
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Spur-bearing, vigorous and precocious, heavy cropper. Susceptible to scab and somewhat resistant to fireblight.
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time
Flowering Time: Late
Ripens: Late November
Storage: Keeps until November/December when stored in cool humid conditions
Recommended Use: Cider
- Class: Bittersweet
- Sugar: Medium, SG 1.051
- Acidity: Low, TA 1.8 g/L
- Tannins: Low, 1.4 g/L
- Juice Yield: 247 mL/lb
- Recommendations: Blends well with other cider varieties
Size including roots:
- 1 year grade 100-200 cm whip
- 2 year grade 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
- B grade less than 100 cm
*Information based on Claude Jolicouer's The New Cidermaker's Handbook and Cultivar Performance Gallery from Washington State University