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Medaille d'Or

Cider apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Raised in 1865 by M. Godard, Bois Guillaume, France. It was introduced into England in 1884 by the Woolhope Naturalists Field Club. The fruits are described as bittersweet with a sweet, astringent juice, high in tannins. Produces a cider with a high alcohol content and a strong fruity flavour.

Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in Tidnor Wood National Collection® of Malus (Cider making)

Accession No.
1989 - 095


Accession name
Medaille d'Or
Flowering time  ›››
14th May10% flowering
17th MayFull (80%) flowering
28th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid November 1
small 1
Broad globose conical 1
32.10 mm 1
41.00 mm 1
weak-medium 1
weak-medium 1
Ground Colour
Green yellow 1
Over Colour
Orange 1
Over Colour Amount
low-medium 1
Over Colour Pattern
washed out 1
low-medium 1
Flesh Colour
Cream 1

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 NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.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