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Pollination group:

Fréquin Tardive de la Sarthe

Synonyms: Frequin Tardif, Tardive de la Sarthe, Frequin Tardive, Fréquin d'hiver, Gros Fréquin d'hiver

Summary: This full bitter cider apple originated in the Normandy region of France.

Identification: Medium to large, round-flattened to round-conic. The base colour is yellow over which is an orange-red flush. The stem is moderately stout and somewhat short. A thin bloom develops on the skin as it matures. The calyx is large and usually closed, set in a shallow basin. The stem varies in both length and thickness and is st in a deep and narrow, russetted cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is cream-coloured, medium-grained. Juicy, bitter and aromatic. Tends to oxidize on exposure to air.

Origins: Auguste Truelle describes it in his 1896 "Atlas des meilleures variétés de fruits à cidre" as a very old variety with no documented origin. It was apparently widely grown in the Orne, Sarthe and, to some degree, in the Pays d'Auge regions of Normandy in northwestern France.

Cultivation: Very vigorous. Pyramidal growth habit. Can be grown from planted cuttings.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to fire blight.

Harvest: In the first half of the sixth period. Fruit holds well at harvest. Needs to be sweated for three to four weeks after harvest for best quality.

Juice character: Full bitter and rich amber colour. Best used for blending.

Juice classification: Bitter

Specific gravity: 1.062

Harvest period: 6

Type(s): Cider

Pollination group: G

Pollination day: 25

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