Why you should be excited
Margil is an old English variety, which apparently originated in France, that delivers strong apple flavour.
The story of Margil
All four have stood the test of time and live on today, in our orchard and elsewhere, while thousands of other varieties have come and gone over the decades.
Margil’s survival likely has a lot to do with flavour, as it’s got delicious eating quality, complete with strong – yet subtle and aromatic – apple flavour. It’s accessible to those whose apple eating hasn’t previously been so adventurous, while still distinctive and impressive.
Organic growers will be happy to know that Margil tends to resist scab quite nicely; less happy news is that it’s quite vulnerable to canker.
Discovered in France, sometime before 1750.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Distinct, yet delicate, sweet and aromatic apple flavour that is well-balanced and appealing. The yellowish flesh is crisp and juicy.
Medium to small, with an attractive red flushed over greenish-yellow appearance and a tendency to have some russet.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in mid-October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particualrly known for use in cider, but - like most heritage varieties - it could do well in cider blends.
Good (3 months when kept refrigerated).