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Pollination group:

Forfar Pippin

Synonyms: Albury Nonesuch, Albury Park Nonesuch, Dutch Mignon, Dutch Mignonne (there is also a cultivar by this name, see Dutch Mignonne ).

Summary: A good dual purpose apple, likely grown Holland during the mid-1700s.

Identification: Medium to large and round-conic. Visible ribs and often irregular shape. The base colour is yellow over which are pale reddish streaks. Look for patches and dots of russet. The stalk is moderately long, set in a deep and narrow basin.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellow, firm and crisp. Juicy, highly aromatic, rich and sweet.

Uses: Though a highly appreciated dessert apple, it is also the primary ingredient in Apple Charlotte. Makes a lovely sauce that is flavourful and sweet-tart. Keeps its shape when cooked.

Origins: Thought to have originated in the Netherlands. It was brought to Britain in 1771 as either pippins or seedlings by Thomas Harvey of Norwich (U.K.) and was listed under the name Dutch Mignonne by horticulturalist George Lindley in his "A Guide to the Orchard and Fruit Garden" in 1846. It is still listed by a few nurseries these days as Forfar which is a synonym for the Albury Park Nonsuch. According to some sources, the cultivar was not worthy of retention after receiving the Royal Horticultural Society's Order of Merit in 1892. The British National Fruit Collection lists both the Dutch Mignonne and the Albury Park Nonesuch separately, yet the both have overlapping histories and descriptions.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, spreading. Hardy spur bearer. Bears heavily on an annual basis.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

16 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps for four months in cold storage.

Harvest: Ripens early in the fourth period.

Type(s): Cooking, Dessert, Eating, Pie

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 9