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French Crab crab-apple

An old French culinary apple, and almost certainly one of the parents of the famous Granny Smith.

French Crab identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • French Crab apples
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Visitor reviews

  • 31 May 2014  c Ryan,  VICTORIA, Australia
    Takes forever for fruit to set. Very sour tasting apple. We have the tree in our backyard. When cooked requires lots of sugar to sweeten. Keeps very well.

Tree register


  • c Ryan in Princetown, VICTORIA

Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • December  2014  - tree owned by c in Princetown, Australia

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Harvest records for this variety

2014 season

  • May  2014  - tree owned by c in Princetown, Australia


  • Species: Malus species
  • Originates from: France
  • Introduced: 18th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2085
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-272


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Very-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Period of origin: 1700 - 1749

Also known as

  • John Apple
  • Winter Greening

Offspring of this variety

Where to buy fresh fruit



  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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