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Large and old trees of ‘Rheinischer Bohnapfel’ are found in orchards of Western Latvia, where they still bear abundant yields. The cultivar originates from Germany, Rheinland, in mid-18th century, and is still planted in orchards or as landscape trees in its homeland. In Latvia sometimes it is called “iron apple” (LV: “dzelsābols”), as the fruits ripen extremely late and store even till the next yield. They are not tasty at all and are used for cider and winemaking. Some growers allow the fruits to freeze on tree, then the obtained juice is sweeter.

Submitted on: 20/06/2019