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Jacques Lebel apple

Malus domestica

This variety was developed around 1825 by Jacques Lebel, a nurseryman in the town of Amiens in northern France. It is quite widely grown in northern France.

The large flat-round apples are predominantly green, but often with an orange flush. They ripen in late August / early September, and can be used immediately or stored until Christmas.

The flesh is crisp, with a juicy sweet / sharp acidity and a high vitamin C content.

Jacques Lebel is primarily a cooking apple, with a notably high pectin content, and ideal for jams and preserves.

Jacques Lebel identification images

USDA identification images for Jacques Lebel

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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    2010 season

    • 28th April  2010  - tree owned by Johan in Gent, Belgium

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2009 season

    • November  2009  - tree owned by Johan in Gent, Belgium


    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Introduced: 1825
    • Developed by: Jacques Lebel, Amiens


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Traditional cooker
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Cooking result: Puree
    • Juice style: Sharper


    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable


    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy


    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Fruit colour: Green - light
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush

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