Fruit Fact: Ellison's Orange, a variety of apples
A very unique anise flavored apple in the cox orange pippin family of apples, the anise flavor can be so strong that the apple can taste too medicinal, however, at it's prime, it's delicious and complex.
|Most Common Name:||Ellison's Orange|
|Species:||malus domestica, cox orange pippin x Calville Blanc.|
|Synonyms:||A sport called red ellison's is available.|
|Origin:||Bred by Rev. Ellison, a well-known fruit aficionado who had a large collection of interesting fruit trees at the turn of the last Century. 1904, Bracebridge Mans, England, introduced in 1911, even grown commercially in England in the 1920's, but the strong anise flavor didn't appeal to a broad enough audience.|
|Patents or Trademarks:||None|
Description: Medium sized, round to slightly conical apple with brownish-crimson stripes and brownish-red stripes over golden yellow background. The skin tends to be greasy even when freshly picked.
Flavor and tasting notes: At it's prime, the creamy white flesh is tender melting and juicy, richly aromatic with a pronounced anise flavor. If the fruit is exposed to excessive heat or if stored too long, the flavor will degrade and become medicinal. If picked too soon, the anise flavor may not be present.
High heat can ruin the fruit and render it too medicinal, so it's best grown in cooler Summer climates. Hardy, grows well in Central California.
Bloom Time Rating: F13
Moderately vigorous, upright growth habit, comes into bearing early, produces a lot of spurs.
Harvest, storage and consumption:
Precocious, but needs thinning to avoid biennial tendency and undersized fruit. The fruit ripens early to mid September, and doesn't keep more than a couple of weeks at best. Will go mealy quickly.
Begin of Harvest: early Sept
End of Harvest: mid Sept
Stores Until: early Oct
Mostly a dessert apple, can be used for juicing.
Highly susceptible to both fireblight and canker.
Scab Susceptibility: Unknown
Fire Blight Susceptibility: High
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility: Unknown
Cedar Apple Rust Susceptibility: Unknown
Black Rot Susceptibility: Unknown
Phytopthera Rots Susceptibility: Unknown
Fly Speck Susceptibility: Unknown
Coddling Moth Susceptibility: Unknown
Nurseries that carry this variety:
Available from various sources,
GRIN Cross Reference: PI 589575