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Rose de Benauge

Why you should be excited

Rose de Benauge is a French apple that was once all the rage in Gironde, where it is still grown.

The story of Rose de Benauge

It's all-too-easy to forget how recently our world became globalized, with Starbucks on street corners all over the planet and Gala or Fuji apples almost everywhere.

While there's a risk of romanticizing 'the good old days,' wouldn't it be cool to be able to travel internationally and find interesting local apples just about everywhere?

We think so. And if we could still do this, a trip to Gironde, France would likely feature a sampling of Rose de Benauge apples. And that would be a treat, as this variety has delicious apple flavour, complemented by a crisp, juicy texture.

Blooming and ripening relatively late in the year, it's also a really good keeper, which means you could show up in Gironde anywhere from November through May and stand a good chance of finding a tasty fresh one.

Rose de Benauge Facts

Its origins

Unknown origins in France, likely discovered in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture

A crisp, juicy and pleasantly fruity apple.

Appearance

A fairly squat-shaped apple with skin that's flushed with orange-red.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Good.

Keeping ability

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).