Kermerrien Apple

Kermerrien Apple

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History: Little is known about Kermerrien aside from the fact it originated in the Quimplerlé region in France. It was exhibited by an orchardist at an event in 1896 and was described in a book on cider apples published in the same year, but it is unknown how old the variety is. It is commonly used to make traditional Breton cider. 

Why We Grow It: This bittersweet cider apple produces a good single-variety cider with a nice golden juice. The tree is vigorous and starts bearing at a young age.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

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: Vigorous and precocious with an upright and dome-shaped growth habit, partially tip-bearing. Susceptible to canker and powdery mildew.

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: Middle

Ripens: Mid October

Storage: Keeps a few weeks at most

Recommended Use: Cider

Cider Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersweet
  • Sugar: High, SG 1.064
  • Acidity: Low, TA 1.5 g/L
  • Tannins: High, 4.5 g/L
  • Juice Yield: 179mL/lb
  • Taste: Nice cider taste with some fruitiness and a bit of a bitter aftertaste
  • Recommendations: Good as a single variety cider but also blends well with higher acidity varieties

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip: 100-200cm
  • 1m+ Branched: 100cm+ with at least three branches 30cm+
  • 50-80cm Whip: 50-80cm

*Information based on Claude Jolicouer's The New Cidermaker's Handbook and Washington State University's "Cultivar Performance Gallery"

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