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Delbarestival

Why you should be excited

Delbarestival is a sweet early season French apple that’s gone by many names and has won favour in Europe.

The story of Delbarestival

You’d think the challenge of marketing a new apple variety would be enough without adding brand confusion to the mix. This variety and its sports have gone by Delbarestival, Delcorf, Estivale, Dalili, Ambassy, Monidel and Delcorf Estivale. Whew. Seven different names.

That’s even crazier than Pinova, Pinata, Corail and Sonata. And this was intentional, unlike in the days of old when apples got many names simply because people in one town wouldn't know the variety was also being grown down the road with a different name.

For Pete’s sake, people, how about one name per variety? And then folks could focus on the quality of the apple, which is significant in the case of this sweet early apple that keeps much better than most early varieties.

Delberestival Facts

Its origins

Raised from a seed in Malicorn, France, 1956.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The deep cream-coloured flesh is crisp, honeyed and very sweet, with hints of licorice.

Appearance

Attractive red and orange stripes over yellow-green.

When they’re available

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider.

Keeping ability

Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).