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Blenheim Orange

Why you should be excited

Blenheim Orange is a 19th century English apple favourite that’s enjoying a rennaisance of appreciation.

The story of Blenheim Orange

Highly popular back in the day, Blenheim Orange apple trees were propagated first in the U.K., then on the Continent and then in the New World, with wood to graft sent to the United States, Canada and Australia.

What was the fuss about?

Why Blenheim Orange’s classic English apple flavour, of course. That means a dryish apple with great sweetness and a distinctive nuttiness. All the rage in the 19th century, don’t you know.

And popular again today as people embrace heritage apple varieties anew.

Who knows, maybe folks will eventually accept that there are lots of different high-quality apple flavours, all worthwhile.

Blenheim Orange Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Woodstock, Oxon, England, 1740.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Typical of English apples, it tastes nutty and sweet. Typical of older varieties, it's a relatively dry apple. Pale cream-coloured flesh.

Appearance

This large, flattish apple has an orange-red flush over greenish-yellow skin. Also tends to be russeted.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in late September or early October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Good.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider, but like many heritage varieties, it can contribute a very nice sugar/acid balance to blends.

Keeping ability

Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).