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Orleans Reinette

(Probably) A French variety
Described 1776 by Dutch botanist Knoop. The history is confused, especially with Golden Reinette
Widely distributed in Europe, it has 121 synonyms.
Edward or George Bunyard found it among a box of Blenheims, sent it to their nursery for identification and introduced it as Winter Ribston it was reintroduced in 1916, this time under the correct name.

At best, aromatic, nutty; sweet, firm, rather dry flesh.
The fruit has slight orange flush, short red stripes over gold with many russet dots, netting. The flesh is pale cream.
Fruit is medium in size and flat round to oblong in shape.  Crop is good but needs warm spot for good flavour.

Pick mid October, store November-January.


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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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