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For a long time it was thought that this old German cultivar is known since 1864, when it was found as a large tree by schoolteacher C.Hesselmann and named by him ‘Kaiser Wilhelm’ in honour of emperor Wilhelm I. Only very recently it was discovered that the variety was obtained in 1830 by Johann Wilhelm Schumacher in Solingen, and that its original name is ‘Peter Broich’. This late winter apple is found in some old orchards of Western Latvia. Its fruits are large, red or stripped, aromatic and tasty. The cultivar is tolerant to scab, but performs well only in warmer regions of Latvia.

Submitted on: 20/06/2019