Pomme d'Api are an old french apple variety Esopus Spitzenburg are an old american apple variety
Pomme d'Api or Lady Apple are an old french apple variety
Esopus Spitzenburg are an old american apple variety

The world's oldest apple variety are perhaps the Annurca Apple from south Italy

Annurca apple are believed to be the one mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia as Mala Orcula before the year 79. However it was first mentioned by the name Annurca by Giuseppe Antonio Pasquale in the year 1876.

Annurca apple are an Roman variety from south Italy. The variety has up to World War II been much cultivated in south Italy, but has since been ousted by varieties that are easier to grow. The variety are still grown on account of the taste qualities.
The apples are small, juicy sweet with little acid. The apples keep flavor and aroma for a long time.

The variety is picked late and maturation occurs after picking

Some of the world's oldest apple varities

Annurca 79 Italy
Decio 450 UK
Coeur de Boeuf 1200 France
Court Pendu Gris 1300 France
Calville Blanc d’Hiver 1598 France
Fenouillet Gris 1608 France
Court Pendu Plat 1613 France
Court Pendu Rose 1613 France
Pomme d'Api or Lady Apple 1628 France
Catshead 1629 UK
Flower of Kent 1660 UK
Fenouillet de Rose 1667 France
Devonshire Qurrendum 1676 UK
Gravenstener 1700 Denmark
Esopus Spitzenburg 1790 USA





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