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Calville Blanc d'Hiver

A medium-sized, fragrant apple with a lumpy appearance. The skin is a smooth, pale green or pale yellow with some red blush.

This is a classic French dessert apple; it's the apple that is traditionally used for French "tarte aux pommes."

Cooking Tips

Keeps its shape very well when cooked. Also good for cider and cider vinegar.

Many people say that this is the best "indigenous" French apple to cook with.


Many sources say that Calville Blanc d'Hiver Apples have as much or more Vitamin C than an orange. This is false.

Oranges have 50 to 55g per 100g, depending on what source you check with. Calville Blanc d'Hiver Apples have a mean ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) of 17.8 mg/100 g [1]. Most apples average around 6 mg / per 100g. Note that Golden Noble apples, though, are much higher than Calville Blanc, having 25.10 mg / per 100g.

Storage Hints

Tastes even better after a month in storage.

History Notes

Originated in Europe in the late 1500s, known in France by the early 1600s.

Literature & Lore

Monet painted this apple in his still life, "Apples and Grapes".


[1] V. Planchon , M. Lateur , P. Dupont and G. Lognay.. Ascorbic acid level of Belgian apple genetic resources. Scientia Horticulturae, Volume 100, Issues 1-4, 19 March 2004, Pages 51-61.

See also:

Pie Apples

Baldwin Apple; Bramley Apples; Calville Blanc d'Hiver; Charles Ross Apple; Criterion Apple; Grange's Pippin Apples; Gravenstein Apples; Holstein Apples; Jazz Apples; King Luscious Apples; Lord Derby Apples; Lubsk Queen Apples; Melrose Apples; Mollie's Delicious Apples; Nova Spy Apple; Pettingill Apples; Pie Apples; Wealthy Apple; White Astrachan Apples

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Also called:

White Winter Calville; Weisze Winter Calville (German)


Oulton, Randal. "Calville Blanc d'Hiver." CooksInfo.com. Published 20 March 2004; revised 23 April 2008. Web. Accessed 12/14/2017. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/calville-blanc-dhiver>.

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