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Duchess of Oldenburg apple



Duchess of Oldenburg is a very attractive early-season apple, originating from Russia in the early 18th century.  It is primarily used as a cooking apple.

As might be expected, Duchess of Oldenburg is a very hardy apple tree.  Although not a commercial variety, it became popular across northern Europe and was introduced to North America in the early 19th century.

Duchess of Oldenburg is possibly an ancestor of the well-known Northern Spy apple of North America.

Last updated 31 Dec 2013.

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06 Aug 2013 
We harvested 7-10 bushels of Duchess. I would use one word to describe the apple: Tart. I usually like tart apples, but Duchess is simply too tart.


17 Jun 2012 
This is a good keeper in cold storage. Ours was good for cooking up until March this year 2012. When I use it for pie or apple crisp I like to add a little lime juice for tartness. Overall mild sweet taste.



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An attractive early-season apple, originating from Russia in the 18th century, and now quite widely grown in northern Europe and the USA.

Duchess of Oldenburg phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Russia
  • Introduced: 18th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1588
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1957-190
  • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: Yellow to Very Yellow
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Bultitude apple group: 4. Flushed / striped, smooth, dessert / dual-purpose

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season

Growing

  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Offspring of this variety:

Duchess of Oldenburg identification photos from official fruit collections

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Duchess of Oldenburg


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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 9th May  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season

  • September  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States

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