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I just tasted my first apple from this tree yesterday. There was one last year, but a squirrel stole it.

I was amazed at how flavorful it was. This is now one of my favorite apples. It is well known for having more vitamin C than an orange. It is also known for making a French pastry. Tarte aux pommes? maybe?

My wife said that it is now probably her favorite apple. I was amazed at how much my kids liked it. It is very tart and very sweet and the same time. My favorite kind of apple. A typical American cider apple style, even though it is a French apple that is about 500 years old.

I do think part of the equation is growing it organically in soil that has dramatically improved over the last 3 years.

It has a very unusual shape: blocky. I am terrible at apple ID, and even I can figure out this one.

I dare someone else to grow it.
John S
PDX OR


Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:11 pm
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Post Re: Calville Blanc D'Hiver
I'll have to see if I have any left on my tree. In the past I haven't liked them at all but maybe I tried them to early.


Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:06 pm
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Location: Springfield, OH Zone 6a
Post Re: Calville Blanc D'Hiver
I've never heard of this apple before, but if it's tart then it's for me! Where would you recommend getting one, John? I haven't noticed them at any local orchards or nurseries here in Ohio, but I have no problem with ordering them from an online nursery.


Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:02 am
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Post Re: Calville Blanc D'Hiver
Actually, don't mind. A quick glance on OGW's site and I found it.


Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:10 pm
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Post Re: Calville Blanc D'Hiver
They are known as an apple that needs sun to grow well. Full sun here in PNW. I tried to grow it at the Oregon Coast and it literally didn't grow in size at all. They kind of taste like fresh-eating quinces.
John S
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Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:38 pm
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Post Re: Calville Blanc D'Hiver
The fact that they need full sun is unfortunate for me, I don't have many areas left that have full sun, but I still may give it a shot. Also, speaking of quince, again, I tried a different variety from the store and it was very disappointing. I'm attributing that largely to the fact that it was store bought and may have been stored for a while. It was just very faintly sour, but mostly it just dried out my mouth and tasted much more like a pear than the fresh quince I've had. It was though, loaded with seeds that I'm going to stratify over this winter and see what comes of them. Hopefully they turn out more tart than this one.


Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:10 pm
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Post Re: Calville Blanc D'Hiver
Hi John, I'm happy to take your dare to grow this one -- sounds like my type. Save me a scion or two at the exchange this year and I will start one on Oregon and one is Washington... I have a great spot North of a waterway!


Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:43 am
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