Learn about a small apple that is big on flavor - the Pomme Grise. This September ripening French apple can be found at an orchard in New Hampshire.
Due to the very poor apple crop in the 2012 in Michigan I didn't know if I would get my hands on any new varieties of apple. The previous fall I got a chance to review a slew of heirloom apples grown in Midland, Michigan.
But as the calendar hit October, a new variety still hadn't hit my taste buds. Good news came, when at work we got 3 varieties of apples from Poverty Lane Orchards out of Lebanon, New Hampshire. I had never had any of these 3, so I was excited to try.
The apple we are talking about today is called Pomme Grise.
First up, the Pomme Grise apple. As you might assume by the name this apple has a French origin. It is believed to be related to an old lost French variety, Reinette Grise. It was grown in the St. Lawrence Valley for years before making it's way into New York. Thomas Jefferson grew this variety at Monticello!
It's name is French for Gray Apple. While the color isn't exactly gray it does have a lot of russetting on it's skin with gold and green undertones. It is a small apple that has a slightly flatten shape. The skin is on the thick skin. The thick skin is probably what gives this apple it's longer shelf live.
🚜 When Are They Harvested?
It ripens in September.
👅 What Does It Taste Like
Here is my review of this apple. Categories are on a scale of 1-10.
🍎 What are Pomme Grise Apples Best For?
The apple has a rich, nutty flavor to it. It has that apple taste that you don't find in the most modern varieties. It's sweet and spicy. It's small size makes it's a nice little quick snack apple.
As for cooking with this apple the only downside I can see is that it's small size means you will need a lot of them, which means more work. It's small size may make a challenge to peel. They are good enough to just eat right out of hand.
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