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Alkmene apple

Alkmene was raised in Germany in the 1930s. It is sometimes also known as Early Windsor.

The flavour is quite strong and has the Cox tanginess, but is noticeably juicier. Some tasters have compared the flavour to a Granny Smith. The flesh is cream-coloured and quite dense; biting into one of these gives teeth and gums a good work-out !

It ripens a bit earlier than Cox - around early September. It has much more strength and body than most early varieties.

If you like a strong, tart apple, early in the season, then give this a try.

Last updated 26 Aug 2015.

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Current rating: 4.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 14

Visitor comments

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09 Oct 2012 
Sainsbury is stocking Kentish early Windsors. Well done sainsburys ! Lovely taste good size medium to large, crisp dense, sweet to tart and some red to russeted examples some more tart. Makes a change after a summer of endless imported jazz examples generally experienced !

30 Nov 2011 
Hi, Most of the apple varieties listed here are impossible to find for me. Would one be so nice to send me one Alkmene, if I provide my address? It would be a dream for me if I could taste some of the apple listed on this site. thanks indeed

13 Oct 2010 
Alkmene is one of the best apples I know of when I lived in Germany this was the firtst class apple because of it´s rich flavor.

21 Sep 2010 
Bags of 6 on special purchase for £1 in the Tesco Metro on Cheapside in The City (London). Grown in Kent, really tasty - one of the best apples I've ever had.

13 May 2009 
An excellent dessert apple which crops regularly and well on my cordon plant(M26}. The qualities of Cox without the problems. Highly recommended.

30 Oct 2008 

30 Aug 2008 
We inherited a lovely apple tree when w bought our house, though we have never identified the variety. After a bumper crop this year many people are asking us anout it. Having looked through various sites I have a feeling it could be Alkemene. However, our is eating now (too early?) It has lovely crisp flesh with pink flashes. Can anyone help please?

19 Feb 2008 
Have enjoyed this apple for many years excellent sharp refreshing flavour the only drawback being that it does not store well. Grown locally at Lathcoats Farm.

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A very attractive early Cox-style apple, slightly sharper than Cox, sometimes known as Early Windsor.

Alkmene phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin x Oldenburg
  • Originates from: Germany
  • Introduced: 1930
  • Developed by: Kaiser Wilhelm Institute
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1147
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1972-026


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Pentangular, 5 sided
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Basin russet: Gray to Brown Russet
  • Basin russet: Ochre or Green Russet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Early-Mid season


  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949


  • Blossom frost-resistance: Susceptible

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM


  • Scab  - Very resistant

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Sports (natural genetic mutations) of this variety:

Also known as

  • Early Windsor

Alkmene identification photos from official fruit collections

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Alkmene identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 25th April  2018  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 season

  • 5th May  2017  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014 season

  • 22nd April  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2013 season

  • 24th April  2013  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 15th April  2013  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2012 season

  • 6th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

    2017 season

      2014 season

      • 4th week August  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

      2013 season

      • October  2013  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

      2012 season

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