Why you should be excited
Marie-Joseph d'Othee is a multi-purpose apple from Belgium that excels after a couple of months in storage.
The story of Marie-Joseph d'Othee
When the gardener Monville d'Othee discovered this apple growing on the property of his employer, he obviously knew he was onto something special.
Clearly, the man was a romantic, as the apple -- presumably like his wife, Marie-Joseph, after whom he named it -- really improves over time.
At harvest, or a week later, this may seem an unremarkable fruit. But if you let it mellow in storage, say, until January, then you've got something special: an intense, richly-flavoured apple with an outstanding balance of sweet and sharp.
Marie-Joseph d'Othee works equally well for fresh eating and baking.
Marie-Joseph d'Othee Facts
Discovered in Othee, Belgium, around 1870.
Flavour, aroma, texture
After time in storage, it mellows to a strong apple flavour that nicely balances sugar and acid.
A pretty apple with red stripes dappled over its greenish-yellow background.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider, but we expect it would fare well in a cider blend.
Very good (up to 4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).