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  • From: "dwalsh/wchase" <>
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  • Subject: [nafex] Goudreinette
  • Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:41:19 -0700


I'm sort of familiar with a Dutch apple known as Goudreinette/ Houdreinette.
Dutch pronounce the first letter in the back of their throats, very gutteral,
even though I've heard it spoken a hundred times, I'm never sure whether to
it with a G or an H.
Members of the BC Fruit Testers in this area spent two years on and off
trying to
track down some G/H apples.

It started when I met an elderly lady of German extract who lived in Holland
then immigrated to Montreal in early 1950's. She told me the (outstanding)
of her childhood in Holland was G/H.

Since I'm into apples I told her I try and find some for her.

Well I went on quite a search ... Gold Reinette, Golden Reinette, Belle de
Boskoop. I kept bringing them to her and she said: "No, that's not the apple

Then I heard of a home 20 miles away bought from a Dutchman who had grafted
G/H from scionwood brought from Holland. I waited until October and got some
apples and indeed, they were the G/H, my elderly friend remembered. The
owners just let them drop and compost them. Some of these trees had a branch
what looked liked Alexander grafted onto G/H tree ... probably as a
pollenizer. B
de B is triploid.

To me, they look like a B de B, but she said the texture and flavour is
from a B de B. They are large, russetted, yellowish-green-brown. They are
coarse-textured, firm, and look just like some of the many variations of B de
B. I
think it ripens mid-September in this area. I know that when I go to the
in mid-October (for apples to display at the UBC Apple Festival), they have

It certainly wouldn't be my apple of choice.

Since then, a friend who is a Dutchman, brought me to meet a farmer who had
six trees of G/H on his farm. He had inherited the dairy farm from his
father was
a Dutchman who brought the scionwood from Holland in early 1960's. These
squeeze the apples and make a good apple juice, but they don't eat the apples.

To me, they weren't very tasty, but in post-war Holland, they ate tulip bulbs
so I
can see them eating these apples!

My guess is they are a variation of B de B, but the flavour and texture is
different from other B de B variations in this area.

I, and other BCFT members have not been able to find any mention of G/H in the

I did ask members of this group if anyone had heard of G/H I think in October
and again in October 1999, but no replies.

Hope this helps,


Derry Walsh & Bill Chase
Aldergrove, B. C., Canada
phone/fax (604) 856-9316
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: A customer contacted us recently and asked if we could locate an old
: apple variety known as "Goud Reinet" or Gold Reinette. It supposedly
: originated in the Netherlands, but we do not know much more than that.

Ron Joyner

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