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Brabant Bellefleur apple

Brabant Bellefleur

Brabant Bellefleur is a very old apple variety, originating from the area of Brabant in the south of the Netherlands, but also found across Belgium and northern France. Like many old apples it goes by numerous other names, including Belle-Fleur Simple.

Brabant Bellefleur is an attractive apple, usually green with a red flush. The flavour is sweet with some balancing acidity.

It ripens in mid-October, and has excellent keeping qualities.

Also known as

  • Belle Fleur Simple
  • Belle-Fleur de Brabant
  • Petit Bon Ente

Brabant Bellefleur apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Brabant Bellefleur

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2011 season

    • 3rd week July  2011  - tree owned by Jan in Castel D'Aiano, Italy


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1945-079


    • Country of origin: Belgium
    • Country of origin: Netherlands
    • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
    • Fruit colour: Green / Red
    • Fruit colour: Russet
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flesh colour: Cream
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Fruit shape: Flat-round


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Juice style: Sweeter
    • Vitamin C content: Medium
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking month: October
    • Picking period: mid-October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Brabant Bellefleur apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Brabant Bellefleur:



    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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