Delbard Estivale, sometimes known as Estivale or D’Estivale, is an early bi-coloured apple with an attractive open textured, crisp flesh. The flavour is quite perfumed (some say with a hint of anise and fennel, others of strawberry and pear) and there is good sweetness with a hint of acid: a refreshing effect. This is quite a fragile apple which is prone to bruising, but the crisp texture holds for longer than many early varieties.
Origin: Bred in France in the 1950’s by the Delbard nursery: a Golden Delicious cross with Stark Jonagrimes. Original name: Delcorf.
Grown in: France, The Netherlands and England
Harvest & Availability: Harvest is generally in early September.
September to October: from England and France