A very old variety, first recorded in 1685 in the ‘Compleat Planter and Cyderist’. It probably takes its name from Carentan, an apple district in France. Some say it is a native of Devon where it is still widely planted. Locally (IOW) it is known as a ‘Quarentine’.
Flat round, small, sometimes irregular, no two apples are quite alike. Slightly ribbed.
Thick, greasy, shiny skin, all over deep crimson flush. Unripe apples may be part green. Lenticels pale, conspicuous at first but then disappear into the all over deep flush, more numerous towards the apex. Some faint crimson stripes may appear.
Cavity wide, deep and russeted. ( Bultitude says wide and fairly deep, Sanders says fairly wide , medium to fairly shallow. Yes – it varies.
Stalk fairly long and not too thick. Extends above base.
Basin wide, shallow and beaded.
Eye tightly closed,
Sepals convergent. Downy.
Flesh green white, firm and juicy, can be red tinged under skin. Skin can be tough.
Tube long, funnel shaped, Stamens marginal, Core axile or abaxile, open
Tree medium size, upright spreading, spur bearer, susceptible to scab.
Flowering ; Pollination group B
Season : August to early September