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French Crab

Culinary apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Thought to have originated in France. It was brought to England at the end of the 1700s. Fruits have white, distinctly green tinged flesh which is very firm, coarse-textured and a little juicy and acid. It cooks well, having a strong aroma when cooking.

Amiens Long Keeper, Amiens Longkeeper, Claremont, Claremont Pippin, Easter Pippin, Green Beefing, Gruner Oster, Gruner Oster Apfel, Iron King, Iron Stone Apple, Ironside, Ironsides, Ironstone, Ironstone Pippin, John Apple, Robin, Somerset Stone Pippin, Three Years Old, Tunbridge Pippin, Two Years Apple, Winter Greening, Winter Queening, Yorkshire Robin, Young's Long Keeper, Young's Long Keeping, Young's Long-Keeping
Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Croft Pendarren)
Mother to:
Granny Smith
Truncate conical 2
medium 2
64.00mm 2
70.00mm 2
medium 2
Ground Colour
Green yellow 2
Over Colour
Brown 2
very low 2
crisp 2
Flesh Colour
Greenish 2

Accession No.
1957 - 272


Accession name
French Crab
Flowering time  ›››
9th May10% flowering
15th MayFull (80%) flowering
22nd May90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid October 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register