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Blenheim Orange Apples
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The Blenheim Orange apple tree is particularly large and vigorous and has good disease resistance. The apples themselves are large and orangish-red over a greenish-yellow background, often with russeting. The cream-colored flesh has a nutty, sweet taste and a dry, crumbly texture that contrasts with many of the commercially-available modern apples.
Blenheim Orange apples are available from early fall through winter.
Blenheim Orange apples are a heritage variety of Malus domestica popular in England. They are similar to other types of apples grown in 19th century England, and are very versatile in the kitchen.
Apples are a great choice for snacks, desserts, and as part of meals. They contain high amounts of Vitamin C, especially near the skin, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber, and some calcium, phosphorous, and potassium. The dietary benefits of apples are many, from supporting a healthy immune system to maintaining the digestive system.
Blenheim Orange apples are known for their dual purposes of fresh eating and cooking. They bake well and make an especially wonderfully-textured puree. They store relatively well, and can be kept up to three months in proper cold storage or in the refrigerator. In general, they are better for cooking when freshly picked, and better for eating as they age in storage.
Some apples that have faded into obscurity are now making a comeback. Blenheim Orange apples were once very popular in England in the 19th century, but faded away as mass-produced commercial varieties took over the market. However, people are becoming more interested in antique apples, and so Blenheim Orange and other old varieties are now more common.
Blenheim Orange apples were discovered in Woodstock, England, in 1740. They grew in popularity through the 1800s, and spread throughout Europe, North America, and Australia.