This heirloom apple needs to be on the top of your list to bake an apple pie with this season. Learn all about it including what orchards grow it.
Can an apple be fancy?
With a name like Caville Blanc d'Hiver I think there is no doubt. Let me share with you all about this French apple (you probably guessed that).
What does the name mean? Calville Blanc d'Hiver means Calville's white winter.
This French apple has been around since the early 1600s!!! It became a popular choice in Normandy. Yes, it's older than our country. It's an unusual apple with it's lumpy appearance. Some specimen have some beautiful red blush.
🚜 When Are They Harvested?
This apple is harvested in early October, the best time of year for visiting an apple orchard. When the apples are ripe they are green but will turn more yellow in storage. Sometimes that color will be light, almost white which is why I think it has it's name.
👅 What Does It Taste Like
Here is my review of this apple. Categories are on a scale of 1-10.
🍎 What are Calville Blanc d'Hiver Apples Best For?
A tart apple that isn't too much to eat out of hand but will mellow out in cold storage. The flavor is strong It has a nice flavor with hints of spice.
This is one of the top baking apples ever. The shape of this apple and it's ability to hold it's shape when baked make an ideal choice for stuffed baked apple. It's said to be the apple choice for tarte aux pommes, a French apple tart that the queen of French cooking in America - Julia Child made.
🛒 Where to Buy
I first encountered this variety when I was working at a small produce market in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's one of the more popular heirloom varieties for orchards to grow. I found it in Texas before at Central Market in Fort Worth. They are an upscale grocery store owned by HEB.
- Johnston Fruit Farm | Swanton, MI
- Door Creek Orchard | Cottage Grove, WI
- Poverty Lane Orchards | Lebanon, NH
- Scott Farm Orchard | Dummerston, VT
- Fishkill Farms | Hopewell Junction, NY
- Rittman Orchards | Doylestown, OH
- Brightwoods Orchards | Burlington, WI
- Kiyokawa Family Orchards | Parkdale, OR
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