Often only described as a Delba or Delbar (also Delcorf) this is a summer apple which originated at the French tree nursery Delbard in Malicorne and which has spread since 1982. The oblong, cylindrical fruit shape is typical. The outer skin is smooth, greenish yellow, and reddish on the sun-facing side.

Taste: slightly sour

Cross-cultivation: Stark Jon Grimes x Golden Delicious

Harvest month: mid-August

Use: savoury table apple for immediate consumption.

The Gravensteiner has been known in the North since 1696 and is named after its origin at castle Gråsten in Sønderburg, Denmark. The red-skinned shoot mutation ‘Red Gravensteiner’ has been around since 1858. The shape is flat and spherical and often angular, and narrowing like a chalice. The yellow-white fine fruit pulp is very juicy and crunchy.

Taste: fine savoury, sweet and sour

Cross-cultivation: chance seedling

Harvest month: end of August

Use: table apple, but also suitable - unpeeled - for baking and cooking.

In New Zealand in 1934, H. J. Kidd crossbred the two varieties Kidd’s Orange and Golden Delicious. The resulting Gala was introduced into the market in 1960. In comparison, it is somewhat smaller, shiny-red skin, smooth and slightly waxy. The fruits are highly formed and mid-bulbous. The yellow skin is solid.

Taste: low acidity, sweet, crunchy

Cross-cultivation: Kidd's Orange x Golden Delicious

Harvest month: mid- August

Use: table and dessert apple, also versatile uses in the kitchen.

In 1825, the classic among autumn apples was selected as a seedling of a faded Ribston Pepping by Richard Cox in Colnbrook Lawn, England, and was professionally marketed from 1850. The small to mid-sized fruits are flatly formed. The skin seems grained, the primary colour is yellowish-green and the body colour is reddish-brown. Per 100g there are 10mg of vitamin C.

Taste: sweet-sour

Cross-cultivation: wildly faded Ribston Pepping

Harvest month: mid-September

Use: table apple, also for apple sauce or pastries.

In about 1900, Holsteiner Cox was raised as a seedling by Johannes Vahldiek near Eutin, in Schleswig-Holstein, as a seedling from a Cox Orange. The big, round fruits can reach a diameter of up to 15 cm. Typical is the russeting around the stalk and the calyx. The firm, juicy pulp is yellow to cream-coloured and shows coarse cells.

Taste: slightly sour, very aromatic, fruity

Cross-cultivation: Cox Orange x (unknown)

Harvest month: end of September

Use: table apple, first-rate as baked apple, for cooking in red cabbage or for baking.

Elstar goes back to professional cultivation at the Institute for the Cultivation of Horticultural Plants in Wageningen, Netherlands, in the 1950s. The firm, thin skin of the Elstar shimmers from yellow to red depending on sunlight. The fruits are mid-sized and notably spherical. The light yellow fruit pulp is firm and succulent.

Taste: slightly sour, sweet

Cross-cultivation: Golden Delicious x Ingrid Marie

Harvest month: September

Use: Varied, to enjoy fresh, for salads, baking and cooking.

Originally also called ‘Renette of Montfort’, the ‘Beauty of Boskoop’ was discovered in 1856 by the pomologist Ottolander through a chance seedling as a sprout of a wildling in Boskoop, Netherlands. Boskoop has been a widespread common type of winter fruit since 1863. The very big fruits have a matt, rough skin. Boskoop has a high vitamin C content of 14 mg per 100g.

Taste: bitter, refreshing

Cross-cultivation: chance seedling

Harvest month: end of September

Use: cakes, red cabbage, apple dishes.

Milwa is a young variety of apple which was crossbred by Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil ACW, Switzerland. These types of apples are controlled as club type and traded under the brand name Junami®.The Junami® has an attractive red sheen – sometimes brighter, sometimes darker. The apples are mid-sized, flat, spherical and smooth-skinned. The finely-celled pulp is particularly juicy.

Taste: slightly sour, fruity, crunchy

Cross-cultivation: (Ideared x Maygold) x Elstar

Harvest month: at the beginning of October

Use: juicy table apple, snack between meals.

Jonagold was cross-cultivated from Golden Delicious and Jonathan in the 1940s in experiments at Cornell University (USA) and from 1968 was ready to be marketed. The fruit size varies. The skin is a marbled yellowish-green with up to half of it a red colour. It is relatively thick and smooth and develops a natural thin waxy layer as protection against evaporation. Its vitamin C content is 18mg per 100g.

Taste: crunchy, juicy, sweet, slightly sour

Cross-cultivation: Golden Delicious x Jonathan

Harvest month: mid-September

Use: Jonagold is the perfect allrounder.

Jonagored was discovered as a red-colouring mutation of Jonagold in Belgium. The big fruits are elongated and evenly formed. The greenish-yellow primary colour is covered with reddish stripes which range from orange to carmine red. The cream-coloured pulp is firm and juicy.

Taste: sweetish, slightly sour

Cross-cultivation: Golden Delicious x Jonathan

Harvest month: end of September

Use: for early consumption and for cooking and baking when a juicy apple is desired.

Fully red mutation of the Jonagold variety. The pulp is very firm, cream-coloured yellowish.

Taste: sweet, fruity, very juicy

Cross-cultivation: Golden Delicious x Jonathan

Harvest month: end of September

Use: fresh or processed, for any occasion where a juicy, fruity apple is suitable

The type was discovered in 1952 as a chance seedling by fruit farmer Moran in New Zealand, then reproduced and cultivated in Braeburn. As one of the parent plants Lady Hamilton is indicated, the second parent type is assumed to be Granny Smith. This mid-sized fruit has a smooth, yellowish-green and up to two thirds orange-red skin. Firm fruit pulp with 24mg of vitamin C per 100g.

Taste: sweet with light acidity, aromatic

Cross-cultivation: presumably Lady Hamilton x Granny Smith

Harvest month: October

Use: table apple, compote, fruit salad, juice.

Gloster 69 was cultivated at the Jork Fruit Growing Research Institute in the Altes Land in 1951, and brought to market for the first time in 1969. A matt, purple-red colour, bell-shaped fruit form. Typical are the numerous lenticels which arise when the topmost cell layer is torn and which appear as white points. The fruit pulp is light greenish, bright.

Taste: refreshingly sour

Cross-cultivation: Bell apple x Richared Delicious

Harvest month: end of September

Use: table apple, in salads (e.g. fish salad), smaller fruits as Christmas decoration.

Discovered in 1890 in West Virginia, USA. From 1914 onwards distributed by tree nursery owner Paul Stark as Golden Delicious. Also known in Germany as ‘Yellow Delicious’. The shape is mid-sized and elongated. Tender, light to shiny gold-yellow skin, medium-firm fruit pulp. One rediscovers its sweetness in Delbar Estivale, Gala, Elstar, Jonagold and many more cross-cultivations.

Taste: very sweet, mild

Cross-cultivation: chance seedling

Harvest month: October

Use: table apple, mild apple sauce.

1939 cultivated in Fujiaka in Japan. Traded since 1962. Mid-sized and big round fruits. The greenish-yellow primary colour is covered red which range from pink to brown-violett. The skin is relatively thick, sometimes with russeting. Mild and sweet fruit, low acidity which is reduced during storage. The cream-coloured, finely-celled pulp is firm and juicy. 

Taste: very sweet, low acid content, juicy 

Cross-cultivation: Ralls Janet x Red Delicious 

Harvest month: end of October 

Use: fresh, juicing, as smoothie, in fruit-saladv

Our main varieties are Clapp’s Favourite and Conference. These two classics among pear sorts impress with their flavour, they are sweet and juicy and have fruit pulp which ‘melts on the tongue’.

Clapp's Favourite: chance seedling cultivated in Massachusetts by Thaddäus Clapp in about 1860. Parent sort probably the wood-toned butter pear. In Germany since 1870

Conference: introduced in 1894 by the English cultivator Thomas Francis Rivers


We trade Elsanta as our main variety. This type with the lightly orange-red fruits is popular in the market because of its medium-sweet flavour. These strawberries also taste when left unsweetened. Due to their good fruit stability, they arrive in convincing quality at the retailer.



Already 1916 the plant cultivator White and the botanist Coville had produced a high-yield variety of large berries which was ripe for marketing in North America. The first cultivated huckleberry was named Rubel after Rube Leek, who discovered the wild bush. Today it still is cultivated and is component of many cultivations and numerous subsequent selections. Unlike the strongly colouring blueberries, the cultivated huckleberries are white inside.

The season for sweet cherries lasts for six to eight weeks with us. Depending on vegetation development and weather the different cherry varieties ripen after each other and follow one after the other onto the market. We will gladly let you know which varieties and qualities are currently available.


Our stone fruit specialty is the trade with plums. Our main varieties are Hauszwetsche (prunus domestica) and Bühler. Please enquire from us which various commercial packagings are possible.


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