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Calville Blanc d'Hiver
An old French variety considered as the best for tarte aux pommes
Origin: France, 1598
Pollination: Calville Blanc d'Hiver is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.
History and description of Calville Blanc d'Hiver
An old variety probably originating from France. The best known of a group of varieties which take their name from the town of Calville in Normandy and are characterised by their heavily ribbed, five crowned shape . First recorded in 1598 as Blanche de Zurich. The earliest reference to the name Calville Blanc d'Hiver is by LeLectier 1628. Formerly grown in Europe. Valued by French pastry chefs for making tarte aux pommes.
Medium sized, short-round-conical, heavily ribbed, five crowned fruit. Pale yellowish green skin. The skin is rough with small cracks and russet patches. Firm, cream coloured flesh. Develops an intense sweet sharp flavour in storage. Has excellent flavour when cooked and keeps its shape. Cooked slices are an attractive yellow colour.
Small spreading tree. Good but erratic cropping. Best grown in a warm location.
Characteristics of Calville Blanc d'Hiver apple trees