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Our apples

We grow our own apples for our apple wine.

Most of them come from Flemming's orchards in eastern Funen. Flemming's main varieties are Discovery, Aroma, Jonagold, Elatar and Ingrid Marie.

He also has a number of older trees growing such varieties as Filippa and Belle de Boskoop.

Jens grows more trees than apples - something Flemming loves to make fun of. He has around 100 different varieties planned on just 2 hectares, including a number of Russian, English and French cider apple trees.

We have experimented extensively with the various varieties, and found that those that have proved themselves to be the best in this country over the years are also overwhelmingly the best for our wines.

Here are a couple of varieties we particularly want to highlight:

 

Ingrid Marie

One of the original Danish apples created by seeds sown around 1910, and since planted in its thousands, mainly in orchards and gardens.

The tree itself is fairly sturdy and the fruit is firmly attached, meaning that shelter from the wind is not an absolute necessity. It does not need any special soils, but should be fertilised a little each year when the tree has started bearing fruit. The tree can suffer from fruit tree canker, but normally only on its branches which can be pruned and burnt.

The fruit is medium-sized, round and regular. They are red and yellow on the sunny side, and have a green/yellow basic colour. The flesh is a yellowy-white with a green sheen, crisp and juicy. The taste is a refreshing sweet acidity with good aroma.

The red Ingrid Marie is a mutation of the normal Ingrid Marie. Also known as Karin Schneider. The difference is shorter durability, sweeter taste and much darker colour.

Picked late in October, can be eaten from then and keeps its excellent eating quality until Christmas.

The latest research and gene technology means that its 'parents' have been identified as Cox's Orange and Guldborg.

 

 

 Filippa

Filippa is a Danish variety that appeared around 1880 on the island of Funen, grown from seed by Filippa Hansen, daughter of schoolteacher Johannsen in Hunstrup. Filippa grows into large, broad trees that are very healthy and can grow to great age. The actual tree is resistant to wind, as the thin branches are highly flexible but the fruit can easily fall off. This is the main reason why Filippa has been largely phased out of Danish apple production.

The fruit is medium-sized and highly varied. No two apples are alike. The basic colour is green, but changes to yellowy, white/yellow and gold. The flesh is covered by a fine white membrane. When exposed to the sun, they can go orange, matt or shiny carmine red, often with sharp definition between colours.

The flesh is fine, crispy and white with green veins. The apple is juicy, wonderfully perfumed with a delicate acidity. This is one of our very best and most individual eating apples.

As far back as the 50s, Filippa was referred to as one of the best apples for cooking. As such, it achieved 1st place in the renowned Ankerhus survey ahead of over 40 other varieties in the 'stewed', 'compote', 'preserved' and 'juice' categories.

Filippa matures in late September. We often jokingly say that it always matures on 21 September - and then falls off.