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.
Bred in Muncheborg-Mark, Germany, 1930s.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The deep, cream-coloured flesh is rich, aromatic and complexly-flavoured.
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
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider/
Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).