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Blanc Mollet

Synonyms: Petit-Jaunet, Amer Blanc. Listed as LeBlanc, Grand Vallée de la Manche, Morelle de l'Eure, Gros Blanc de l'Orne, la Blanche de la Somme, Pomme de Neiges, Douce Morelle d'Aumale, Petit Galop, Ferrand a Vire, Bonne Race, Petit Jaunet, Guibray, Vagnon Blanc, Petit Girard, Gros Gèrard/Girard, Gannet, Blanc Doux, Amer Blanc, Gros Gannet, Blanche Hâtive

Summary: A French cider apple, medium body with a mild, bitter flavour. Classed as being very good.

Identification: Medium to small, vigorous and productive. Rounded shape, often irregular. Golden yellow, sometimes with a faint pattern of reddish stripes on the sun-exposed face. Marked with abundant red lenticels. The calyx is small and tightly closed, set in a deep and narrow basin. The stem is short, medium thick and medium long, set in a funnel shaped cavity which is usually russetted.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, tender. Moderately juicy, sweet and somewhat bitter. Bruises easily.

Uses: Intended for making hard cider, excellent for developing a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Origins: Originated in France during the 1700s, perhaps even earlier. Listed by J. F. Couverchel in "Traité des fruits, tant indigènes qu'exotiques" in 1839 as being grown in the Pays d'Auge region of Normandy where it is one of the essential varietals used in the production of Calvados apple spirit. Lucien Tranquille de Boutteville and Louis Achille Hauchecorne "Le Cidre. Traité rédigé d'après les documents recueillis, de 1864 à 1872" (published in 1873) as being an old variety, widely grown through the cider apple region of northwestern France. There seems to be no record of its parentage.

Cultivation: Vigorous, upright spreading semi spur bearing. Produces heavy crops every other year.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: This is one of the best early-season bittersweet French cider varieties.

2 weeks

Cold storage: Needs to be used within two weeks of harvest.

Harvest: Starting late in the fourth period and into the start of the fifth.

Juice character: Rich, golden juice, Brix 11.2, tannin 0.20%, acidity 0.15%

Juice classification: Bittersweet (mild)

Brix: 11.2

Specific gravity: 1.0450253008859

Acidity: 1.5

Harvest period: 4

Status: cider

Pollination group: E

Pollination day: 16