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Medaille d'Or Apple

Medaille d'Or Apple

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History: Medaille d'Or was raised from a seed by Monsieur Goddard in Rouen, France. In 1873 the apple was awarded a gold medal by the Societe Centrale D’Horticulture de Departement de la Seine Inferieure and in 1884 was brought to England by the Woolhope Naturalist's Field Club where it became established as a classic English cider apple.

Why We Grow It: It is easy to see why this apple was popular in both France and England with its yellow-gold skin and excellent cider qualities. This apple produces a fruity juice with high alcohol content and is very high in tannins. It makes a great single-variety cider.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Moderately vigorous with a spreading growth habit, heavy crops, spur bearing. Resistant to scab and brown rot.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Flowering Time: Very late bloom

Ripens: Early November

Storage: Does not store well

Recommended Use: Cider

Cider Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersweet
  • Sugar: Medium, 1.058 SG
  • Acidity: Low, TA 2.1 g/L
  • Tannins: High, 4.4 g/L
  • Taste: Fruity and alcoholic
  • Recommendations: Produces a great single-variety cider

    *Information based on Claude Jolicouer's The New Cidermaker's Handbook

    Size including roots:

    • 100-200 cm whip, 1 year grade
    • 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more, 2 year grade
    • 50-80 cm, B-grade
      Quantity must be 1 or more

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