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Court Pendu Plat

Synonyms: Cort Pendu Plat, Garnons, Kurtzstiel, Noble Zoete, Poor Man's Apple, Princesse Noble Zoete, Wise Apple, Wollaton Pippin. Whether this is the Capendu (also known as Belgian Reinette, Reinette des Belges, Reinette de Capendu) remains a point of controversy among historians. Listed as Court Pendu Rouge by George Lindley in "A Guide to the Orchard" (published 1831), as Königlicher Kurzstiel by Eduard Lucas in "IIlustrirtes Handbuch der Obstkunde" (published 1855), as Königlicher Rother Kurzstiel in "Versuch einer systematischen Beschreibung de Kernobstsorten" (published 1804) and as Court Pendu Rosat by Alexandre Bivort in "Annal de pomologie belge" (published 1854).

Identification: Medium size. A squat, almost flattened apple. Light green background flushed with red and orange. Short, interrupted stripes. Fawn-coloured patches of russet. The calyx is medium size, open and set in a shallow basin. The stem is very short, somewhat stout and set in a deep cavity.

Characteristics: The yellowish flesh falls halfway between crisp and soft. Little free juice. Flavour is sweet, intensely fruity, becoming sweeter as it matures in storage. Has a distinct aniseed after-taste. Moderately high Vitamin C (7.70 mg/100g).

Uses: Described as one of the best dessert apples and included among a list of the 10 favourite dessert apples in Victorian England.

Origins: While this apple is thought to have existed during the days of the Roman Empire, it was documented in the early 1400s in the Normandy (France) region where it was widely grown through the 1600s, partly because is was said to have medicinal properties. The Court Pendu Plat is possibly a forerunner to the Cox's Orange Pippin.

Cultivation: Upright spur bearer of moderate vigour. Bears from a young age and crops are usually heavy. Tolerates Hardiness Zones 4 through 9. Good choice for regions hit with late frosts. Suited to potting. Flowers tolerant of late frost.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self fertile but produces best in the proximity of a suitable source of pollen.

Notes: Literally translated the name means “short suspended, flat” which accurately describes the apple since it hangs tight against the branch and is very squat. The alternate name “Wise Apple” refers to its late bloom which ‘wisely’ avoids late spring killing frosts.

20 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to five months.

Vulnerabilities: Mildew and scab resistant.

Harvest: Late in the fourth period.

Status: dessert

Pollination group: G

Pollination day: 26

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