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Pollination group:

Fenouillet Gris

Synonyms: Anis, Anise Fenouillet, Aromatic Russet (there is cultivar by this name, see Aromatic Russet ), Bardin, Cararsay Russet, Caraway Russet, Fenouillet, Fenouillet Rouge (see also Fenouillet Rouge ), Rook’s Nest Apple, Spice, Winter Anis Reinette, Yellow Fenouillet. Fenouillet Gris is also a synonym for the Fenouillet Rouge .

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 yellow, firm, crisp, dry and very sweet. Very aromatic with distinct aniseed flavours. Browns quickly when exposed to air.

Origins: Like most Fenouillet type apples, this variety likely originated during the late 1500s in the Anjou region of southern France. It was listed by Pierre Le Lectier in his 1628 "Catalogue des arbres cultivés dans son verger" which listed all of the plants in King Louis XIII's huge estate at d’Orléans. An Aromatic Russet emerged in England in the mid-1800s which may well have been either a true Fenouillet Gris or an open pollinated seedling thereof.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous. Spur bearer. Needs full sun and minimal margin between daytime and night-time temperatures in order to ripen properly. Tolerates windy locations.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

16 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to four months in storage.

Harvest: In the middle of the fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Dessert

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 9

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 12

ARS GRIN entry: Accession ID


Apples with a similar sounding name:

Fenouillette Grosse
Type: Cider

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