Ilrod Pigeon

Why you should be excited

Ilrod Pigeon is a Danish apple that's not well-known elsewhere, in part because of the spelling of its name.

The story of Ilrod Pigeon

It's one of the quirks of our modern world: our computer keyboards have a lot to say about the information we're going to find.

If you doubt this, go to your favourite search engine and type in "Ilrod Pigeon." Then try “Ildrød Pigeon". Note the entirely different search results.

It's a language -- and alphabet '' issue and it has helped keep this apple under the radar of folks who don't tend to use the "ø" very often.

But in Denmark -- where they use the "ø" with great enthusiasm -- this was long a well-known apple, standard at Christmastime, when it was widely-used in decorations, including on Christmas trees and in wreaths.

This bright red apple also reaches its peak of flavour at that time of year, further contributing to its old-time Danish popularity.

lrod Pigeon Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Denmark, late 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Highly aromatic and flavourful, the flesh is crisp and juicy.


This small, egg-shaped apple has brilliant red skin and white-as-white-can-be flesh.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating (and decoration).

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider.

Keeping ability

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).