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Elektra

Why you should be excited

Elektra is a deeply flavourful 20th century German-bred apple reminiscent of its parent, Cox's Orange Pippin.

The story of Elektra

Since the middle of the 19th century, European apple breeders have had one preoccupation beyond any other: to take the amazing flavour of Cox’s Orange Pippin and emulate it in an apple tree that’s easier to grow, has a longer season, is more productive or has other advantages over the legendary Cox Pippin.

It’s been a remarkable – and fairly successful – effort that has resulted in some nice additions, even if none can quite match the flavour of its original inspiration.

Elektra is one of the best of these varieties, providing a commendably delectable apple that reaches its peak in eating quality about a month and a half after harvest.

Elektra Facts

Its origins

Bred in Muncheborg-Mark, Germany, 1930s.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The deep, cream-coloured flesh is rich, aromatic and complexly-flavoured.

Appearance

This pretty apple is extensively flushed and striped with orange-red.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider/

Keeping ability

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).