Posted: 13/06/2013 at 08:43
John H and Salino mentioned James Grieve apple earlier. I've got a James Grieve that's been doing well since planting about 4 years ago. Mine has produced fine apples each year except that most of them, when you cut through, have brown flecks throughout the otherwise perfect flesh.
I'm not sure what this is, so I looked through an old Readers' Digest gardening book. The nearest condition I could identify it to was called ''bitterpit"
Is it likely to be "bitterpit"? I'm not convinced because they don't actually taste bitter, but the appearance is offputting.
Does anyone know whether there is any other condition with this description.
Also what is the remedy?
Hi Birdie, Went to GW Live at NEC yesterday and put your question to Mathew Biggs and Anne Swithinbank. Their immediate answer was bitterpit as you say. Apparently this condition is caused by a lack of calcium in the soil. Matthew says he has used James Grieve apples to make Cider - works well he says so if the condition persists there's one way you could make use of the apples John H