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Fruit Fact: Alkmene, a variety of apples

Alkmene is a medium-sized cox-style apple from Germany with nice, firm aromatic, honey-flavored flesh, provides a more spicy, complex and interesting alternative to gala, and a good disease-resistant alternative to cox for backyard growers.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Alkmene
Species: malus domestica
Synonyms: Early Windsor, deeper red colored sports exist - rote Alkmene in Germany and Ceeval in the Netherlands.
Origin: A Geheimrat Dr. Oldenburg X Cox Orange Pippin cross originated from the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute in Frankfurt in the 1930's, introduced into commerce in the 1960's. Goes under the name 'Early Windsor' in the UK. Currently grown commercially in the UK, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Small to medium sized yellow apple covered with red, somewhat striped, with many brown dots. Skin is generally smooth but slightly textured similar to cox orange pippin.

Flavor and tasting notes: The green-yellow flesh is firm, fine grained, juicy and aromatic with a good sweet, tart blend, honeyed, yet spicy at the same time.


A cox style apple that will grow anywhere gala will grow, except in hot Summer areas. Forgiving when it comes to lack of chill, it should be suitable for Central and Southern California, but in hot Summer regions may well end up ripening in the Summer. May not be ideal in those regions since it is susceptible to sunburn.

Bloom Time Rating: F7

Growth Habit:

Somewhat compact growth form makes Alkmene ideal for espaliers and dwarf shapes.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Fruits ripen early to mid September, late August in California. Has a tendency to premature fruit drop.

Begin of Harvest: early Sept
End of Harvest: mid Sept
Stores Until: mid Oct


Mostly a dessert apple,

Eating: Yes
Cooking: No
Cider: No


Susceptible to Neonectria galligena, or European Canker, but resistant to scab, fireblight and powdery mildew.

Scab Susceptibility: Low
Fire Blight Susceptibility: low
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility: Low
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:


Not available in the US in tree form, but scion wood is available.

GRIN cross-reference: PI 344547

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Definitely a Cox style apple from appearance.(c) Wikipedia Commons

The GRIN version of this apple came via Poland.(c) USDA GRIN