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Medieval Fruit Varieties

Variety: Foxwhelp (1664)

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Vintage Virginia Apples

A red sport of the old English cider variety ‘Foxwhelp’. Foxwhelp is considered one of the premier cider making apples. Produces a bittersharp cider.

[Source: UK National Fruit Collection ]

Fruit: size large, 80-90 mm, one of largest cider cultivars; skin 40-80% red, dull stripe, not attractive; shape round- oblate; flesh semifirm, cream colored; flavor slightly acid, astringent; eating quality poor; harvest season early September, 1 week before Delicious. Tree: non-precocious cropping; low productivity; fruits drop before ripe; leaf mottling, symptoms of apple mosaic virus. Cider.

[Source: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (10 December 2006) ]