Cambridge Gage is greengage variety that is similar to the Old greengage, but with greater stability of production. The fruit are of small to medium size and have a fairly bright green coloured skin which mellows to a yellowish-green as ripening commences. The translucent flesh is a sweet, honeyed and melting with plenty of juice when harvested at the correct maturity. It is a semi-cling stone variety meaning that the flesh comes away from the stone fairly easily.
Cambridge is a partially self-fertile variety, but does benefit from the presence of pollinators.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***
Cambridge is a decent, enjoyable greengage which doesn’t quite reach the heights of other varieties, but has a valuable place in the calendar of these beautiful fruit.
Honeyed, sweet, melting
Names: Cambridge; Cambridge Gage; Prunus domestica ‘Cambridge Gage’
Origin: Cambridge Gage has an unknown origin, but is probably a chance sport on an Old greengage in Cambridgeshire. It was first recognised in the 1920’s by Chivers & Son Ltd; trialed at the National Fruit Trials at Wisley in 1927; recieved an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1998.
Grown in: UK
Harvest & Availability: Cambridge Gage is generally regarded as a mid-late season greengage which is harvested in late August-September. However, early sites in Kent can see production in early August, or, exceptionally, in late July.
- August: UK
- September: UK
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