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Medieval Fruit Varieties

Variety: Pigeon de Jerusalem (17th c.)

Originated in France. Recorded in the late 1600s. Fruits have firm, fine, white flesh with a subacid and slightly perfumed flavour.

Coeur de Pigeon, Gros Pigeon Rouge, Gros Pigeonnet rouge, Gros-Coeur de Pigeon, Gros-Pigeonnet Rouge, Jerusalem, Pigeon, Pigeon d'Hiver, Pigeon Rouge, Pigeonnet de Jerusalem, Pigeonnet Jerusalem, Pigonnet de Jerusalem, Pomme de Jerusalem

[Source: UK National Fruit Collection ]

Fruit: size medium, W63 x L69 mm; shape tall, conic, convex to straight, ribbed, skin pale yellow blushed red with russet and white dots, covered with bloom; flesh tender, soft, white; flavor acid; harvest season mid to late.

[Source: UUSDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (13 May 2011) ]