Calville Blanc d’Hiver Apple Tree Overview
The Calville Blanc d’Hiver (a.k.a. Calville Blanc) apple tree is well known not only for being the apple of choice for making cider, but also for being the unique ingredient for French apple tarts (tarte tatin) because of its juicy, sweet, and aromatic flavor. In fact, because it holds its shape so well and has a sharp flavor, people commonly make delicious apple pies with Calville Blanc d’Hiver. Moreover, you can also make cider. The juice has high levels of Vitamin C. Calville Blanc d’Hiver is medium to large in size and has green to yellow base color covered in red blush. The apple tree comes from Europe in the late 1500s and gets its name from Calville in the Normandy region of France. In fact, some indicate that King Louis XIII had Calville Blanc d’Hiver apple trees in his gardens. It is also one of the apples grown by Thomas Jefferson in Monticello.
Just like any other apple tree, the Calville Blanc d’Hiver apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. While the tree can grow well in hardiness zones 5 to 9, it does better in warmer climates especially ones with long hot summers. The tree is vigorous upright spreading tree and produces heavy crops each year. Starts to bear fruit very young. After picking can keep well in cold storage for four months, but develops best flavor within one month. Calville Blanc d’Hiver apple trees are susceptible to scab and mildew. It’s self-sterile and needs a good pollinator.
- Uses: eating, baking, dessert, cooking, cider, cider vinegar, juice
- Taste: Juicy, sweet, aromatic. Juice classification is sharp, has low tannins, acidic.
- Size: Medium to Large
- Color: Green to yellow base color covered in red blush. Turns yellow in color during storage. Flesh is creamy white.
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 9
- Disease resistance
- Scab – somewhat susceptible
- Mildew – susceptible
- Harvest period: 5
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross Pollinates with: Galarina™, Harry Masters Jersey, Crimson Crisp, King David, Macoun, Porter’s Perfection, Winecrisp and Granny Smith to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is vigorous, upright spreading tree. Branches are similar to williow tree’s branches. Produces heavy cropping every year. Bears fruit when young. Does better in warm climates, particularly during long hot summers.
- Storage: Keeps well in storage for four months. Needs to be stored for one month to reach best flavor.