Orleans Reinette is a traditional French apple, used for cooking and baking, but also as a dessert apple. Its origins go back to around 1776. Its rich golden flesh is tasty, a good balance between sharp and sweet, with a touch of nutty that goes well with the red-flushed-russeted skin.

Even though it is a late apple (which are usually good keepers), it doesn’t keep particularly well. The apples will last two or three weeks at the bottom of the fridge. When baked, it retains its shape.

Orleans Reinette is a triploid and so it needs a pair of diploid pollinators. Its blossom lasts for longer than most varieties, and so it is an attractive feature in a garden orchard.

View the Apple Pollination Chart to find suitable pollinators.

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orleans reinette
Illustration by Wilhelm Lauche – Wageningen UR Digital Library