Reinette du Canada

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'Canadian Reinette' apple
Reinette grise du Canada p1160060.jpg
'Reinette Grise du Canada',
probably a sub-cultivar
SpeciesMalus pumila'
Hybrid parentageOld French cultivar
Cultivar'Canadian Reinette'
Origin France, before 1771

Reinette du Canada or Canadian Reinette is, despite its name, an old French cultivar of domesticated apple. It is a reinette type of golden apple, with lots of russeting, which keeps shape in cooking and is mainly used for that purpose especially in apple strudel.[1]

Even today it is considered as the default russet apple of France, and is also known as the Reinette Blanche du Canada[2] and many more names.[3] Reinette Grise du Canada is probably also a sub cultivar of it, but this is not clear.[1] Reinette du Canada, or whatever name it has, likely originated in Normandy, France and was first described in 1771.[3]

The fruit is tart and mostly used for cooking if picked early and used quickly; if stored for some time it gets softer and sweeter hence more recommended for fresh eating.[3] It blossoms approximately three days after the Cox's Orange Pippin.[4]

This apple earned the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1901.[4]

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External links[edit]

  • Beach, S.A.; Booth, N.O.; Taylor, O.M. (1905), "Canada Reinette", The apples of New York, 1, Albany: J. B. Lyon, pp. 93–94
  • National Fruit Collection, retrieved 11 November 2015