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Reinette des Capucins apple

Malus domestica

Reinette des Capucins is a well-regarded old French apple variety, probably originating from the area around Calais.

It is primarily used in the kitchen, where its strong apple flavors hold up well in baking - slices keep their shape when cooked. However its rich sharp acidity and crisp flesh make it an enjoyable apple to eat fresh.

The apples are harvested in early October, and can be kept until January.

Reinette des Capucins is easy to grow, and like many old varieties is a good choice if you are trying to avoid using chemical sprays. Being a fairly weak variety it does best on the more vigorous rootstocks.

USDA identification images for Reinette des Capucins

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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    • Species: Malus domestica


    • Picking season: Late
    • Cropping: Good
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Traditional cooker
    • Food uses: Dual purpose
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Cooking result: Keeps shape
    • Juice style: Sharper


    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable


    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy


    • Country of origin: France
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush

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