Court Pendu Plat

Why you should be excited

Court Pendu Plat is an ancient French apple, so old it may have been propagated by the Roman Empire.

The story of Court Pendu Plat:

Imagine an apple so ancient, it’s thought the Roman Empire may have grown it in France and across the Continent back in the day. An apple so old, its recording in 1613 was simply the act of documenting what was already considered an ancient apple.

This is the story of Court Pendu Plat, an old-time apple in every sense, including its characteristics as a fresh-eating apple.

Few people today are drawn to an apple that's neither crisp nor juicy, neither large nor brightly coloured. Yet the appeal this apple had centuries ago lives on. Like so many heritage varieties, Court Pendu Plat asks you to be patient, to acquire a taste for an apple that’s subtle and special.

Court Pendu Plat Facts

Its origins

Discovered in France in ancient times; first recorded 1613.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Dense flesh, neither soft nor crisp. Quite dry, with a  strong, fruity flavour that sweetens with storage. Definite old-time flavour.

Appearance

This flat-shaped apple is light green, flushed with orange and red. It often is russeted.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Doesn't have a particular history as a cider apple, but -- like other heritage varieties -- it can almost certainly contribute positively to cider blends.

Keeping ability

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).