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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.

Alkmene identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 09 Oct 2012  Darren,  KENT, United Kingdom
    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  Lara,  Switzerland
    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  Gunnar Svensson,  HELSINGBORG, Sweden
    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  Will King,  LONDON, United Kingdom
    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  G.W.Fuller,  BROADSTONE.DORSET, United Kingdom
    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  M Brown,  OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom
  • 30 Aug 2008  Susan Kemp,  PATRINGTON, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
    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  Graham Duncan,  GALLEYWOOD ESSEX, United Kingdom
    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.

Tree register

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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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Harvest records for this variety

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


  • 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: Medium
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical


  • 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

Also known as

  • Early Windsor

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Sports (natural genetic mutations) of this variety


  • Scab  - Very resistant

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Alkmene apple trees for sale:

Where to buy fresh fruit

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