Well, this is embarrassing. If you came here looking for the Api Etoille, I seem to have steared you wrong. I had thought I had this apple on my property, only to find a better match. If you are looking for information for this apple, please see some of the references I originally found, and good luck in your quest for information; this has to be one of the most rare apples on the planet, with a corresponding rareness of information…
This apple is considered to be one of the most sought after culinary apples in France. First identified in France by Louis XIII’s procurer (1598),
Brought to Canada by the French settlers in the Annapolis Royal area, this apple is one of the oldest varieties in Canada (if not the oldest). Considering Annapolis Royal was first settled by french setters in 1611, it is reasonable to assume this apple was introduced to this area at that time.
This is the classic dessert apple in France, served in the finest of Parisian restaurants. The firmness of the apple, combined with its natural sweetness, lends itself to several classic dishes.
Tarte aux Pommes