Schone van Boskoop

/SHOHN van BOS-koop/

A Dutch name for Belle de Boskoop, a large, irregular and asymmetrical, all-purpose, Dutch apple discovered in 1856 by KJW Ottolander and which was first introduced commercially in the United Kingdom in the 1920s. This outstanding apple has rough, matt, yellowish-green skin, russeted with greyish dark red blush. It has firm, creamy yellow flesh with sharp flavour and is good for tarts and charlottes as it retains its shape during cooking. It is a late-season variety, picked from early October in South-East England, is stored and is at its best between October and April. It retains its shape on cooking so is good in pies and tarts, but also makes good purée.

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