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Pollination group:

Douce de Charlevoix

Synonyms: Charlevoix Sweet, Douce Charlevoisienne

Identification: A medium size apple and conical. The background colour is green to yellow with red stripes on the sun-exposed face.

Origins: Cidermaker and orchardist Claude Jolicoeur found this apple in the early 1990s growing wild in the village of Baie-Saint-Paul along the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec (Canada) and subsequently moved it to his orchard located at Petite-Rivière-St-François nearby. It appeared to be from a seedling rootstock that overgrew the grafted variety.

Cultivation: Hardy and vigorous. Adapts well to short, cool summers and cold winters. Bears annually.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Harvest: Early in the fourth period.

Juice character: High yield of juice relative to the weight of the fruit. Somewhat low sugar content. Makes an excellent early-season cider when blended with tart apples.

Juice classification: Mild bittersweet.

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Cider, Dessert