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Mère de Ménage

European variety.
Known late 1700, but has a somewhat confused history.
Synonyms are many, including Flander's Pippin, Combermere Apple and Queen Emma.
Grown in England in C19th, especially in East Anglia and was on sale up to 1930s.

Boldly striped, flushed in carmine; often very large.  Early in season, cooks to puree, sweet, some acidity, not very juicy and recommended for 'Apple Charlotte'.

Pick early October, can be stored September, November-December.




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All information relating to varieties, characteristics and descriptions is sourced from the following:

Bultitude, J. 1984. Apples: a guide to the identification of international varieties. London: Macmillan Press.

Morgan, M. and Richards, A. 2002. The new book of apples. London: Ebury Press.

National Fruit Collection public access database at Brogdale Farm, Kent.

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