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Ingrid Marie apple

Ingrid Marie is a popular variety in northern Europe but is not well-known in the UK. It is an attractive crimson flushed apple, with streaks of russet. The flavour is quite bland and light, and the flesh is fairly soft - best eaten straight from the tree.

Ingrid Marie was found 1910 in the garden of Hoed School, near Flemloese on the island of Fyn (Funen in English), Denmark. It was named after teacher K. Madsen's daughter, who died very young. It was long believed to have been a chance seedling of Cox's Orange, and this was recently confirmed by research done in Sweden. The father variety proved to be the Danish variety "Guldborg" ("Golden Castle") named after a small village on the island of Lolland. Ingrid Marie's main claim to fame is that it is the parent of Elstar, one of the best modern apples.

Ingrid Marie remains a popular variety for both home gardeners and industry. The red sport Karin Schneider / Red Ingrid Marie is grown in Denmark, Sweden and Northern Germany, i.e. Alte Land near Hamburg. The apple is available in almost every supermarket in Denmark from October-December.

(Historical details supplied by J. Olsen of Vejle, Denmark).

Visitor comments:
"I used to sell this apple in my shop,sourced from a farm near West Malling. I remember it to be a very juicy apple, easy to eat especially for older people and with something of the cox flavour about it. It was extremely popular with my customers until the supplier switched to supplying Sainsburys."  John, Kent, UK
Last updated 19 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 3.7 out of 5. Total votes cast: 3

Visitor comments

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21 Sep 2009 
Beautiful, rustic apple, acidy and juicy, but requires plenty of sun (nice summers) for best taste. Particularly good for baking, cooking, etc. Should be consumed as fresh as possible. Does not age too well, is not ‘plasticky’ as modern varieties and is relatively weather-dependent and therefore less and less popular commercially – which is too bad! Recommended.

29 Jul 2009 
Helllo! My name is Mehmet. I liked this type of apple too much. How can i buy a tree of Ingrid Marie apple? Can someone help me?

29 Nov 2008 
ingrid marie is grown by th dutch nursery 'de sterappel' in Varik; i just bought one. looking forward to next season!

04 Dec 2007 
I bought some at a Farmers Market on 01.12.07. They were obviously past their best by then but still pleasant eating. well russeted which I like. Never seen them before.

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A Cox-style apple from Denmark, quite popular in northern Europe.

Ingrid Marie phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin and Guldborg
  • Originates from: Denmark
  • Introduced: 1910
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1031
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1968-017


  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949


  • Scab  - Very resistant

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Ingrid Marie identification photos from official fruit collections

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Ingrid Marie identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2011 season

  • April  2011  - tree owned by Ben in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • April  2010  - tree owned by Ben in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2011 season

  • 2nd week October  2011  - tree owned by Ben in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 2nd week October  2010  - tree owned by Ben in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Where to buy trees

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