This variety of apple originated in Germany in the 1930s. Known throughout Europe as Alkmene, it was renamed Early Windsor for the UK market in the mid 1990s. Early Windsor was created by crossing the varieties Cox's Orange Pippin and Geheimat Dr Oldenburg. It is usually ready for harvest around the first to second week of September, falling nicely between Worcester Pearmain and Queen Cox. Its flavour is rich, with just a hint of honey. It is also has a crisp juicy flesh and is very aromatic.