Orleans Reinette
 

Orleans Reinette

Fruit of the Month - June 2017

A Nutty Apple

First Reportedca. 1776
LocationNetherlands?
UseDessert
AppearanceYellow-Green
Cropsmid October
UseNov to Jan

Orleans Reinette is thought to have originated in France. It is a delicious, juicy, late-season dessert apple which has a very distinctive orange tang followed by a lovely nutty taste. It appears to date back to 1776 when it was first described by the Dutch pomologist, Knoop. It received the RHS Award of Merit in 1914 under the synonym Winter Ribston and again in 1921, as Orleans Reinette. It is sometimes confused with Blenheim Orange as its general appearance is similar.

It is sometimes confused with Blenheim Orange as its general appearance is similar. It was one of Bunyard’s top six apples and was a widely grown garden variety. Orleans Reinette is a medium-sized apple with yellowish-green skin which becomes a dull, yellowy gold as it matures. It can be up to three-quarters flushed with orange, with a few broken, scarlet stripes and some areas of russeting.

It is picked in mid-October and its season of use is November to January.

External Sites with Further Information

Orange Pippin     Stephen Hayes's Youtube

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