This apple is named after a hamlet of Barge (Cn), where until the end of the 19th century it was produced and exported in large quantities; in the Sixties, though, it was abandoned, guilty of being grey in an era when apples were supposed to be beautiful and brightly coloured and of being particularly suitable for cooking. Queen of the baking apples, Torriana Grey apple is roundish, slightly squashed. Its skin is rust yellow (hence its nickname ‘pum rusnent’, ‘rusty apple’ in Piedmontese dialect), coarse and rusty; its pulp is cream-white, firm, juicy and very sweet. It harvests in mid-October and preserves for long.It is now produced in the provinces of Cuneo and Turin.
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