Reine des Pommes Apple

Reine des Pommes Apple

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History: Little is known about this variety aside from that it originated in the Brittany region of France in the 1800s. The variety is held in high esteem as a traditional French cider variety. Translated from French, its name means 'Queen of Apples.'

Why We Grow It: Reine des Pommes produces a bold, fragrant flavoured bittersweet cider that is quite unique. It is good both as a single-variety cider and in blends. The tree is fairly vigorous and produces good crops. 

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 growth and produces good crops, spur-bearing. Resistant to 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: Early

Ripens: Early November

Storage: Does not store well

Recommended Use: Cider

Cider Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersweet
  • Sugar: High, SG 1.063
  • Acidity: Low, TA 4.1 g/L
  • Tannins: High, 5.2 g/L
  • Juice Yield: 233 mL/lb
  • Taste: bold and aromatic, fruity but bitter with full body
  • Recommendations: Good as a single-variety cider and good in blends where it can boost tannins

Size including roots:

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

*Information based on Washington State University's "Cultivar Performance Gallery"

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