Calville d'Angleterre apple

/kahl-VEEL dong-leh-TEHR/

This conical eating apple, better known as Cornish Gillyflower, was found in a garden in Truro in Cornwall in about 1800 and has a pentagonal base. It is dull green flushed blushed and striped with clear dark red and webbed with some russet. 'Gillyflower' comes from the old French word girofle, meaning clove-scented. By nature these are tip bearing trees, so you can't grow them as cordons or fans. This is a spicy, late-ripening apple which is picked from mid-October in South-East England and is at its best from November to January. They need to be kept in a cold store so they don't shrivel.

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