Reinette du Canada apple
Inspite of the name, Reinette du Canada is an old French semi-russetted apple variety. It is one of the most widely-grown russet varieties in France, readily available in supermarkets and village markets simply as "Canada" - although this term is also used for the more russeted Reinette Grise du Canada. The extent of russeting is usually fairly light, and the underlying light yellow/green skin is readily visible and may be flushed red.
Most russet apples have culinary qualities, but whereas the main English russet apples are usually regarded as dessert apples, Reinette du Canada is primarily a culinary apple.
USDA identification images for Reinette du Canada
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.
Spring blossom records for this variety
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Parentage: Unknown
- Originates from: France
- Introduced: 18th century
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2001-125
- Country of origin: France
- Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
- Picking season: Late
- Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
- Flavour quality: Good
- Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
- Cooking result: Textured puree
- Cropping: Good
- Food uses: Eating fresh
- Food uses: Culinary
- Flowering group: 4
- Pollinating others: Poor
- Ploidy: Triploid
- Vigour: Vigorous
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Climate suitability: Temperate climates
Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Reinette du Canada:
- Arroyo Community Garden, Petaluma
- Petty's Orchard, Templestowe
- Apples of England (1948)