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Synonyms: Alkemene, Early Windsor

Identification: Medium size, round to round conic. The background is greenish yellow, maturing to golden yellow, washed bright red to orange on the sun-exposed face. Light-coloured, large lenticels are prominent and abundant on the red face. The calyx is large, partly opened and set in a shallow and wide basin surrounded by a lightly knobbed crown. A short, stout stem sits in a moderately deep, narrow cavity.

Characteristics: Cream-coloured flesh is fine-grained, crisp, juicy and generally dense. Slightly tart. Look for a honeyed flavour. Very aromatic. Brix 12.9.

Uses: Excellent when eaten out of hand, but also a remarkable apple for pies and turn-overs.

Origins: The Alkmene was developed during the 1930s by M. Schmidt and H. Murawski at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Züchtungsforschung in Müncheberg (Germany) by crossing Cox's Orange Pippin with pollen from Geheimrat Doktor Oldenburg. It was released in 1962. It was renamed Early Windsor during the mid-1990s in for marketing purposes.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright spreading spur bearer. Bears first fruit quite young. Produces heavy harvests annually. Works well in a hobby orchard or as a garden variety Generally well received for farm gate sales.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Mutations: Red Windsor, Ceeval

Notes: Resembles Cox's Orange Pippin in shape, colour and flavour.

8 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to two months. It reaches its peak in juiciness and flavour two weeks after harvest.

Vulnerabilities: Somewhat susceptible to fire blight and canker, resistant to scab and mildew.

Harvest: Through the fourth period.

Brix: 12.9

Specific gravity: 1.052

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Dessert, Eating, Pie

Pollination group: B

Pollination day: 7

ARS GRIN entry: Accession ID


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origins: — Alkmene x Delbarestival,Õ Belgium