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‘Roter Eiserapfel’

Roter Eiserapfel

Apples which store especially long in winter, people use to call “iron apples”. Actually, this name should be reserved for only one variety – ‘Roter Eiserapfel’. This ancient cultivar originated in Germany in 16th century and has all-red, sweet apples with little juice. For many years it was believed that the cultivar is rather common in old Latvian orchards. But, when the researchers started to look for it, they could find only other “iron apples” with long storage - ‘Bohnapfel’ and ‘Coulon Reinette’. In the end, we had to import the true cultivar for our collection from Germany.

Submitted on: 20/06/2019