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Princess Louise

Why you should be excited

Princess Louise is a 19th century apple from Ontario that's reputed to have a sweet, caramel-like favour.

The story of Princess Louise

This old Canadian apple -- originating in Grimsby, Ontario back in the 1870s -- is likely related to Fameuse. Evidence to back up this theory includes the fact that the first Princess Louise tree was discovered as a seedling growing near a group of Fameuse trees and that the two have similar snow-white flesh and a delicate flavour.

Unlike Fameuse, Princess Louise is lauded for its unusual candied flavour, which apparently wins kids over on first bite. Another positive point -- in addition to the tree's apparent resistance to scab and pests -- is the tendency of cut Princess Louise apple to stay perfectly white for an unusually long time, making it ideal for use in salads.

Why is an apple with these excellent qualities so little known? This is yet another of the many mysteries of the world of apples.

Princess Louise Facts

Its origins

Discovered as a seedling in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada; introduced in 1879.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Delicate flesh is crisp, juicy and sweet, with candy-like flavour.

Appearance

Medium-sized and round with a red flush partly covering its green skin.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

So-so (a bit bland when cooked).

Keeping ability

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).