Belle de Boskoop Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Winter. Probably a chance seedling from Holland, 1860. May also be a synonym or mutation of Montfort. Long the farm apple of Europe, every backyard had a Boskoop. Big blocky somewhat lumpy green fruit largely patched and netted with russet, sometimes has a brownish reddish blush. Every chef in Europe knows Boskoop—it cooks beautifully. Quickly reduces to a nice sauce: yellow, soft and medium tart. Grower David Maxwell of Nova Scotia calls it “an absolutely outstanding apple…seemingly resistant to everything. I didn’t spray them at all and they are absolutely clean. The taste is equally outstanding.” Quite tart right off the tree. However, after storage, the acidity softens and it becomes a very good table apple. Keeps well. Robust, strong-growing tree. Blooms early. Triploid, not a pollinator for other varieties. Z4-6.
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