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Medieval Fruit Varieties

Variety: Sanguinole (1500)

Red flesh is the main characteristic of Sanguinole. It was first known in Germany in 1500 but was imported to France from Switzerland. The fruits are below medium or small in size. They vary in form, ranging from turbinate-obtuse, or globular, to bossed. The skin is thick and rough, green dotted with gray and red, sprinkled with streaks and patches of russet. The flesh is transparent, red, semi-fine, semi-breaking, juicy, saccharine, acidulous, somewhat musky, and agreeable; b ut, decomposes fast.

[Source: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (09 December 2006) ]