An old European variety which according to some sources arose in the
1600’s in the garden of Duke Augustenberg, Castle Graefenstein,
Schleswig-Holstein. Other sources trace its origins to an apple called
Ville Blanc imported to Northern Europe from Italy or South Tyrol.
Introduced in England in the 1820’s and sent from London Horticultural
Society to Massachusetts and Nova Scotia. Introduced to California by
Russian settlers by the 1820’s. Still grown in Canada and California and
continues to be valued in Northern Europe, where it is Norway’s most
A medium/large sized apple. Oblong shape. Irregular, flat-sided, with
small well-rounded ribs. Greenish yellow background colour becoming
yellow. Light orange red flush with short, broad, broken scarlet stripes.
Cream coloured flesh, somewhat coarse-textured, juicy. Crisp,
distinctive savoury flavour. A dual purpose apple which keeps its shape
A very hardy, vigorous tree. Good cropper. Slow to bear. Fruit drops.