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Pollination group:

Api Étoilé

Synonyms: Star Apple, Sternapfel, Pentagone, Pentagonale, Longue queue. Sometimes also called Belle Fille and Double Api. The first is used by another apple cultivar, the second is commonly used as a synonym for Gros Api. Marketed in Europe as ApiSTAR.

Identification: Small and round flattened. The sides are in the shape of five pronounced points giving it the shape of a star, hence its name. The skin is green maturing to to golden yellow, with the sun exposed face blushed orange red or brownish olive. The calyx is medium small and partly open, set in a very shallow and open, ribbed basin. The stem is long and slender, set in a medium deep and narrow cavity. Tends to develop a greasy feel.

Characteristics: The flesh is cream coloured, fine grained, crunchy and sweet-tart. Aromatic.

Uses: Typically used as an eating apple but it was highly regarded as a decorative Christmas table apple in Victorian England because of its distinct five ribbed shape along with its golden base colour and bright red blush. Also used for cider making and apple sauce.

Origins: First documented under the name Pomme Pentagone by the French naturalist Jean Bauhin in his manuscript for the "Histoire Universelle des plantes," published posthumously in 1650. He describes that he obtained scion wood from Wurtemberg in 1605. Origin unknown, although it has been suggested that it came from Switzerland or perhaps Italy.

Cultivation: Weakly vigorous. The branches are brittle and will break under a heavy crop unless adequately supported. Grows best in Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.

16 weeks

Cold storage: Reaches its prime after four to six weeks in storage, but will keep up to four months.

Vulnerabilities: Resistant to scab

Harvest: It ripens early in the fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Cider, Dessert, Eating, Sauce

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 9

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 13