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Pollination group:

Argile Grise

Synonyms: Petit Doux, Veret Gris. Also called Brown Thorn in Britain.

Identification: Small to medium size. Red flecks, network of russetting.

Characteristics: Turns brown quickly after being exposed to air.

Origins: Widely grown in the Normandy region of northwestern France, possibly since the 1700s. Thought to be an off-shoot, either as a seedling or mutation of the Rouge Bruyère.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: Introduced to Britain (U.K.) in 1884 by the Woolhope Naturalists Field Club and renamed Brown Thorn.

4 weeks

Cold storage: Needs to be stored two to four weeks in a cool area after harvest to mature.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to mildew and blight. Resistant to scab.

Harvest: Starting late in the fourth period, over the span of several weeks.

Juice character: Mild bittersweet, excellent quality. Sweet and slightly bitter. Tannin 0.24%, acidity 0.19%. Makes an excellent amber-coloured, slightly tannic cider.

Juice classification: Bitter sweet, mild

Acidity: 1.9

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Cider

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 8

Pollination group: G

Pollination day: 25