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Pollination group:

Fenouillet Gris

Synonyms: Anis, Anise Fenouillet, Aromatic Russet, Bardin, Cararsay Russet, Caraway Russet, Fenouillet, Fenouillet Rouge, Rook’s Nest Apple, Spice, Spice Apple, Winter Anis Reinette, Yellow Fenouillet

Identification: Small to medium size and round, tending to round conic with a slight crown. The skin is dull yellowish tan and extensively marked with a network of greyish russet and washed deep red on the sun exposed face. Lenticels are abundant and dark. The calyx is large and open, set in a shallow basin. The stem is short and stout, set in a basin that can vary from shallow to deep.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, fine-grained, crisp. Sweet with aniseed flavour and aroma. Brown quickly when exposed to air.

Origins: Like most Fenouillet type apples, this variety likely originated during the late 1500s in the Anjou region of France and it was listed by Le Lectier in his 1628 "Catalogue des arbres cultivés dans son verger et plant" which catalogued all of the plants in King Louis XIII's huge estate at d’Orléans.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous. Needs full sun in order to ripen properly. Tolerates windy areas.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

8 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to two months.

Harvest: In the middle of the fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

Status: dessert

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 12

Apples with a similar sounding name:

Fenouillette Grosse
Type: cider