Reine de Reinette

Sweet & Tart
Discovered 1770 France
Parentage Unknown
Harvest Midseason
DESCRIPTION

A mid- to late-season gourmet dessert apple, Reine de Reinettes are good for eating fresh as well for cooking, and they store well.

HISTORY

The Reine de Reinette's origin is uncertain, but it probably began in northern Europe. It first became known in France around 1770. A probable history of this apple is that it was discovered in Holland and named Kroon Renet (Reinette of the Crown). After migrating to France, it was renamed Reine de Reinette. Around the same time, it may also have migrated from Holland to England and given the name Golden Winter Pearmain. English growers eventually realized that Golden Winter Pearmain was identical with Reine de Reinettes, and renamed the apple King of the Pippins. To confuse matters, Reine de Reinettes were imported to England from France and renamed Queen of the Pippins. Most pomologists today consider that all these names refer to the same apple.