Early Windsor

early windsor apple on tree

Why Early Windsor Apples?:

The Early Windsor Apple is crisp and juicy with excellent flavour.

The History:

Raised in Germany in the 1930’s by M. Schmidt at The Agriculture & Horticulture Institute at Munchen-Mark.

A cross between Gehiermat Dr Oldenburg & Cox’s Orange Pippin. Introduced in 1962. Renamed Early Windsor for the UK market in 1996.

This is a red sport (mutation) of Alkmene, and noticeably redder and less Cox-like in appearance than Alkmene, although the characteristic Cox russet striping can be faintly discerned. It is grown commercially on a small-scale in the UK.

Alkmene is sometimes known as Early Windsor, hence the name of this redder sport, Red Windsor. However to further confuse matters, the marketing organisation behind this variety organised a UK-wide schools competition to come up with a new name – and “Sweet Lilibet” was chosen. This is therefore the name you are most likely to see it under in supermarkets.

Ways to Use Them:

Good For eating