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French Crab

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

USDA identification images for French Crab

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.

    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 31 May 2014  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 - Crab-apple
    • Originates from: France
    • Introduced: 18th century
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-272


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow French Crab:



    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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