Zabergau Renette Apples
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The Zabergau Reinette is on the large size, though it varies in both size and shape; ribbing is common. This apple is a russet variety, with a metallic copper-colored russet overlaid on a bright green background. The flesh is white to yellow and fine-grained. Zabergau Reinettes change in flavor and texture as they age. Picked fresh off the tree, some say they taste like nettles; they are also denser and sharper in flavor. Over time, they become more yielding and sweeter as they age in storage. The taste is subtle and slightly tropical, spicy, and nutty.
Zabergau Reinettes are available in the fall through winter.
Zabergau Reinette apples are a German heirloom variety of Malus domestica. The tree is known for its disease resistance and its particularly attractive blossoms in the spring. The parentage of Zabergau Reinette is unknown.
Apples contribute high levels of beneficial nutrients to the daily diet. One medium-sized apple contains 4 grams of dietary fiber, which is important for digestion. Apples also contain approximately 15% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C, which along with other antioxidants, strengthen the immune system and help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
This is a good dessert and cooking apple. The unique taste and dense texture make it an excellent choice for snacks. It is also a great option for pies and sauces. Try pairing their nutty flavor with bacon or pork. Zabergau Reinettes are good keepers and will last up to four months in cool, dry storage.
Several heirloom apples are called “reinettes.” French for princess, the term actually refers to apples that are raised from seeds rather than grafts.
The Zabergau Reinette was first grown in 1885 from a seed in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, on the Zaber River. They grow best in temperate climates.