Popular Danish Apple - "Ingrid Marie"...
apple a day keeps the doctor away!
The Historic "Ingrid Marie"
One of the most popular Danish apples is called
"Ingrid Marie" - and was
found in 1910 - as a new sort
in the garden of "Høed"
School - near Flemloese - on the island of Fyn
(Funen) - Denmark. It was named after teacher
Carl Madsen's daughter - who died at a very
young age. "Ingrid
Marie" remains a popular variety for both
home gardeners and industry. The red "Ingrid
Marie" is grown in Denmark - Sweden and
Northern Germany. The apple is available in
almost every supermarket in Denmark from October
to December - and originates from the mixes
of the “Cox Orange Pippin”
sort - and the Danish “Guldborg”
A Tragic Story
There is a tragic and heartbreaking history
behind the ”Ingrid Marie”
apple that had sowed and planted itself in the
backyard of a school garden in the little village
of “Høed” -
on the island of Funen. The little apple tree
was slightly related to the Cox Orange apple
sort - which also was planted in the school
garden - but the red sort was quite new - and
had a different taste then the Cox Orange apples.
Epidemic in 1908
In the winter of 1908
- which was very cold with tremendous
snow falls - the children in the rural areas
in Denmark suffered by hunger and was nearly
freezing to death. At the same time an influenza
epidemic swept over Denmark - and many
infants died during this horrible period.
Ingrid Marie Died
One of the offers was a little girl called Ingrid
Marie - who was the daughter of school
teacher Carl Madsen at “Høed”
school. Little Ingrid Marie died March
8th - 1908 - six years old - and was
berried on March 14
-1908 - at “Flemløse”
church yard. Her final resting place can be
visited at “Flemløse” church
at the family plot in the community of Glamsbjerg
- and near the town called Assens -
situated on the west coast of Funen.
A new Apple Sort Named "Ingrid
As there was very few memories of the little
girl Ingrid Marie Harriet Madsen -
and when the little apple tree in the school
garden sprouted up - the apple sort was named
after the young deceased daughter - and called
“Ingrid Marie” -
and was in fact the mother tree to
all of the following ”Ingrid Marie”
apples since then.
first "Ingrid Marie" Apple Tree is
still producing red Apples
The over 100 year old mother
tree - that planted itself in 1908
- is still going strong - and growing in the
school garden of “Høed” school.
The old fruit tree does still delivers juicy
red “Ingrid Marie”
apples every year. A little memorial metal plate
on the old log informs - that this first original
tree was protected by the local administration
- self-sufficient in apples
Until the 1970s - Denmark could
totally supply its home marked with all sorts
of Danish apples - but after the country's membership
of the EU in 1973 -
competition from imported fruit and vegetables
- especially from France and Holland
became a considerable factor for Danish
fruit suppliers - who had to then find new market
in the EU and abroad too. From the 1970s
to the 2000s - consumption
in Denmark reached approx. 20 kg
per inhabitant per year - which was approx.
65% imported apples every year.
of Danish apples varieties
The Danes harvest - import and eat more that
25,000 t of apples
every year - and there are over 260
sorts of older Danish apples varieties.