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Pollination group:

Mère de Ménage

Synonyms: Belle Joséphine, Bellefleur de France, Breitling, Burton’s Beauty, Capp Mammoth, Combermere, Flander’s Pippin (this is also used as a synonym for Sweet Cleave), Flanders Pippin, Harlow Pippin, Hounslow Seedling, Lord Combermere, Queen Emma, Winter Colmar

Identification: Large to very large and round tending to conic. The base colour is yellow, but the apple is washed red with darker streaks over more than half the surface. Some streaking on the shaded face where the base colour shows through. Numerous light-coloured lenticels at the calyx end, fewer toward the stem cavity. The calyx is moderately large and open set in a wide, somewhat shallow basin which is surrounded by a knobbed crown. The stem is short and slender, set in a deep and narrow, russetted cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, coarse-grained, firm and crunchy. Somewhat dry, tart and slightly sweet, astringent.

Uses: Cooking. Makes a thick, sweet and slightly tart sauce.

Origins: Already grown in France during the 1700s. Favoured for cider making on Jersey in the Channel Islands off the coast of Normandy (France).

Cultivation: Vigorous, spreading. Produces heavy crops. Well suited to cordon or espallier style training.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

12 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to three months.

Harvest: In the last half of the fourth period.

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Cooking, Sauce

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 12