Why you should be excited
Alkmene is a German apple that was a long time in becoming available to the rest of the world, but has proven to be worth the wait.
The story of Alkmene
Events in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s were, of course, so catastrophic one can hardly expect apple breeding to have taken a high priority. Yet it did not stop entirely.
Which may explain how a most pleasant apple variety like Alkmene could have first appeared on the scene in Germany during the ‘30s but not be introduced to the rest of the world until 1962.
Known as Early Windsor in the U.K., this fine apple is one of many descendants of the great Cox’s Orange Pippin, capturing some of the outstanding flavour of Cox, but without its finicky, disease-susceptible characteristics.
Widely grown in Europe, Alkmene is an apple well worth the wait and definitely worth trying.
Bred in Muncheberg, Germany; 1962 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp, juicy flesh. Rich, aromatic, honeyed flavour.
This medium-sized roundish apple has a greenish-yellow background flushed with orange-red and striped in red.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in late September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not widely used in cider, but has been found useful in adding acid to cider blends.
So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).